McArthur (2003) - Minor workers observed leaving and returning to nest during the day. The heads of major workers were sometimes observed blocking a nest entrance in heavy soil (G. Weber pers. comm. 2003).
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- 2 Identification
- 3 Distribution
- 4 Biology
- 5 Castes
- 6 Nomenclature
- 7 References
- 8 References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
McArthur (2003) - Similar to Camponotus chalceus. Minor workers distinguished by a covering of very fine dense white pubescence covering the reticulate integument whereas in C. chalceus pubescence is sparse, integument finely punctate; both mostly black, mesosoma usually with some red; propodeal dorsum concave.
Keys including this Species
Latitudinal Distribution Pattern
Latitudinal Range: -34.61666667° to -36.61666667°.
- Source: AntMaps
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
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Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.
Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.
- fergusoni. Camponotus fergusoni McArthur, 2003: 7, figs. 2, 3, 12 (s.w.) AUSTRALIA (South Australia, Victoria).
- Status as species: McArthur, 2007a: 322; McArthur, 2010: 92; McArthur, 2014: 166.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Major worker. Head sides straight, weakly tapering to the front, vertex straight; clypeus with a few fine long setae, without pubescence; weakly projecting forward, anterior margin evenly concave; metanotum a distinct furrow; node parallel front and back, summit blunt; propodeal spiracle elongated; mesosoma and node covered with white fine short adpressed pubescence.
Minor worker. Head sides straight, tapering to the front, vertex convex; clypeus anterior margin median section wide, nearly straight, projecting forward, dense pubescence nearly hiding the integument; pronotum, mesonotum and half propodeum form an even convexity; node with a long flatly convex summit.
- Holotype, minor worker, Ferguson Conservation Park, 34°58'S 138°39'E, South Australia, Australia, South Australian Museum. ,
- Paratype, 2 minor workers, Ferguson Conservation Park, 34°58'S 138°39'E, South Australia, Australia, Australian National Insect Collection. ,
- Paratype, 1 minor worker, Ferguson Conservation Park, 34°58'S 138°39'E, South Australia, Australia, South Australian Museum. ,
Named after Ferguson Conservation Park, South Australia.
- Heterick, B.E. 2022. A guide to the ants of Western Australia. Part II: Distribution and biology. Records of the Western Australian Museum, supplement 86: 247-510 (doi:10.18195/issn.0313-122x.86.2022.247-510).
- McArthur, A.J. 2003. New species of Camponotus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Australia. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia. 127(1):5-14. (page 7, figs. 2, 3, 12 minor worker described)
References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
- McArthur A.J. 2003. New species of Camponotus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Australia. Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 127(1): 5-14.