Key to Camponotus aureopilis species-group

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This key to the Camponotus aureopilis species-group is based on Shattuck (2005) and Shattuck and Janda (2009).

1

  • Dorsum of mesosoma with fewer than 6 scattered hairs and both mesosoma and gaster lacking patches of enlarged hairs; anterolateral pronotum projecting as a narrow ridge => Camponotus cyrtomyrmodes
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  • Dorsum of mesosoma and/or gaster with at least a small patch of enlarged hairs; anterolateral pronotum generally rounded, sometimes weakly angular but not ridged => 2

2

  • Metapleural gland present above the hind leg; enlarged hairs on dorsum of mesosoma bright yellow (Australia) => Camponotus thadeus
Camponotus thadeus casent0172134 profile 1.jpg
  • Metapleural gland absent; enlarged hairs on dorsum of mesosoma white or pale yellow-white (Papua New Guinea) => 3

3

  • Enlarged hairs absent from pronotum (but thin erect hairs present) => 4
  • Enlarged hairs present on pronotum => 6

4

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  • Enlarged hairs on gaster covering entire dorsal surface (or nearly so) => 5

5

  • Erect hairs on dorsum of mesosoma abundant; dorsal surface of head reticulo-punctate and with a matte appearance; enlarged hairs on gaster more extensive => Camponotus posteropilus
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  • Erect hairs on dorsum of mesosoma fewer; dorsal surface of head with very fine leather-like sculpturing and relatively shiny; enlarged hairs on gaster less numerous => Camponotus xanthopilus
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6

  • Larger erect hairs on dorsum of head between eyes and frontal carinae black => Camponotus royi
Camponotus royi H.jpg
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  • Larger erect hairs on dorsum of head between eyes and frontal carinae (when present) white or pale yellow => 7

7

  • Enlarged hairs on pronotum covering entire dorsal surface => 8
  • Enlarged hairs on pronotum limited to a band along the central third of its width => 9

8

  • Enlarged pronotal hairs white; pubescence on dorsum of head abundant and closely spaced => Camponotus mussolinii
Camponotus mussolinii casent0903559 p 1 high.jpg
  • Enlarged pronotal hairs pale (but distinctly) yellow; pubescence on dorsum of head thin and widely spaced => Camponotus densopilus
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9

  • Dorsal surface of head with abundant, closely spaced pubescence; mesonotum strongly arched and dorsum of mesosoma forming a strong arch with the propodeum relatively low; dorsum of gaster golden yellow, lighter in color than mesosoma => Camponotus flavocrines
Camponotus flavocrines casent0903561 p 1 high.jpg
  • Dorsal surface of head with scattered, widely spaced pubescence; mesonotum weakly arched and dorsum of mesosoma forming a shallow arch with the propodeum relatively high; dorsum of gaster having same color as mesosoma => Camponotus subpilus
Camponotus subpilus H.jpg
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