Camponotus fraseri

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Camponotus fraseri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. fraseri
Binomial name
Camponotus fraseri
McArthur, 2008

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The type material was collected from a honey bait.

Identification

McArthur (2008) - A member of the C. claripes group (McArthur 2007a), a close relative of Camponotus minimus. Both lack erect setae on the underside of the head and have wide frontal carinae. The distinctive short sloping setae present on the scapes of this species are absent in C. minimus.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes


Nomenclature

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

  • fraseri. Camponotus fraseri McArthur, 2008: 119, figs. (w.) AUSTRALIA.

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

Description

Worker

Measurements: HL = 0.91HW + 0.36, (R2 = 0.92, n =5); PW = 0.68HW + 0.15, (R2 = 0.87, n =5); CW = 0.48HW -0.10, (R2 = 0.84, n =5).

Minor. Mesosoma: dorsum of pronotum, mesonotum and propodeum evenly convex, angle well rounded about 150°; declivity mostly straight, ratio propodeal dorsum / declivity nearly 2; erect setae and short flat-lying setae on mesosoma sparse; integument on side of mesonotum and propodeum sharply striate. Node: anterior mostly straight, convex above; posterior flat; summit blunt. Appendages: tibiae with plentiful short setae raised to 20°; scapes with plentiful short setae raised to 30°. Head: underside in lateral view without erect setae; in front view, setae sparse; sides straight, parallel; vertex convex; frontal carinae width < HW/3; maximum head width occurs at eye centres; clypeus anterior margin projecting, convex. Colour: dark brown, limbs and front of head lighter.

Type Material

Holotype: One minor worker pinned in South Australian Museum “S. A. Marino CP 35°03’S 138°31’E honey 11 pm 2/11/2003 J Fraser N Skinner” Paratypes: Three minor workers with same data pinned in each of SAMA, Australian National Insect Collection and Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna.

Type Material

Etymology

Named after Jack Fraser, a volunteer worker at Marino Conservation Park.

References