Camponotus asli

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Camponotus asli
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. asli
Binomial name
Camponotus asli
Dumpert, 1989

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Specimen Labels

A Weaver Ant that uses silk in its nest construction.

Identification

A member of the subgenus Karavaievia. This group of Camponotus species is known for their monomorphic workers and their nest weaving behavior.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Malaysia (type locality).


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Biology

General details about the biology of species in this subgenus can be found on the Karavaievia webpage.

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • asli. Camponotus (Karavaievia) asli Dumpert, in Dumpert, Maschwitz, et al. 1989: 218, figs. 1-4 (w.q.) WEST MALAYSIA. Dumpert, in Dumpert, Maschwitz, et al. 1995: 101 (m.).

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

Male

Dumpert (1995) - Allotype: TL 4.1, HL 0.85, HW 0.78, CI 91, SL 0.95, SI 82, PW 1.03, OD 0.43. Paratype: TL 3.9, HL 0.75, HW 0.8, CI 107, SL 0.8, SI 100, PW 1.05, OD 0.4.

Head trapezoidal and nearly as wide as long (CI 91). Eyes are prominent and extending to the upper head sides. Occipital margin strongly rounded with protruding ocelli. Clypeus high with a slightly excised anterior margin. The sinuate frontal carinae are not reaching back to the upper end of the eyes. Eyes very large; maximum diameter 0.43 mm, or about 0.55 HW. Scapes long, projecting beyond occipital margin of the head by about half their length. Pedicel expanded at its distal end and thicker than following flagellar segments.

Head, alitrunk and gaster uniformly yellowish light brown, sentellum and metanotum dark brown. Front parts of head, antennal flagellum and tarsi lighter than the rest of body. All body parts shining. Cuticle covered with densely located small punctures, seen under the dissecting microscope. Decumbent pubescence on head, alitrunk and gaster; longer erect and suberect hairs scarcely on whole body. Petiolar scale triangular in profile, with a broad base tapering equally from front and behind to a ridge. Ridge with strong median excision.

Type Material

Dumpert (1995) - Allotype male, Peninsular Malaysia, Negeri Sembilan, Pasoh Forest Reserve, March/31/1992, K. Rosciszewski leg. (Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel). Paratype: 1 male with the same data as allotype (used for the scanning electron micrograph).

References

  • Dumpert, K.; Maschwitz, U.; Nässig, W.; Dorow, W. 1989. Camponotus (Karavaievia) asli sp. n. and C. (K.) montanus sp. n., two weaver ant species from Malaysia (Formicidae: Formicinae). Zool. Beitr. (N.F.). 32:217-231. (page 218, figs. 1-4 worker, queen described)
  • Dumpert, K. 1995. Taxonomy. Pp. 88-102 in: Dumpert, K., U. Maschwitz, A. Weissflog, K. Rosciszewski, I. Hj. Azarae. Six new weaver ant species from Malaysia: Camponotus (Karavaievia) striatipes, C. (K.) melanus, C. (K.) nigripes, C. (K.) belumensis, C. (K.) gentingensis, and C. (K.) micragyne. Malaysian Journal of Science. Series A:Life Sciences 16:87-105.