Camponotus nitidescens

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Camponotus nitidescens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Myrmentoma
Species group: kiesenwetteri
Species: C. nitidescens
Binomial name
Camponotus nitidescens
Forel, 1889

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Specimen Labels

The nest of Camponotus nitidescens was on a cracked rock wall under a loose piece of rock. The rock was situated on the edge of a natural deciduous forest composed of low oaks and underbrush heavily overgrown with Mediterranean macchia. The wall with the nest was on north-western exposure (Borowiec & Salata, 2014).



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Greece (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • nitidescens. Camponotus kiesenwetteri r. nitidescens Forel, 1889: 260 (w.) GREECE (Kephalonia I.).
    • Combination in C. (Myrmentoma): Emery, 1925b: 121.
    • Subspecies of kiesenwetteri: Emery, 1896d 376 (in list); Emery, 1914d: 159; Emery, 1925b: 121; Finzi, 1930d: 318; Bolton, 1995b: 114.
    • Junior synonym of piceus: Radchenko, 1997b: 707; Legakis, 2011: 31; Radchenko, 2016: 334.
    • Status as species: Borowiec, L. & Salata, 2014b: 502 (redescription); Lebas, et al. 2016: 140; Salata & Borowiec, 2018c: 43; Salata, Loss, et al. 2019: 94.

Taxonomic Notes

Seifert (2019): This taxon has been described from Kephalonia / Greece. Investigation of types of all castes from Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève, all labeled ‘...Kephalonia...nitidescens...type’, showed a much stronger sculpture and much denser pubescence on all body surfaces than observed in any member of the C. lateralis group. This results in a matte surface appearance at smaller magnifications. This difference to the C. lateralis group is most obvious on gaster tergites. These characters are perhaps a little less expressed than in the Camponotus kiesenwetteri type. Borowiec and Salata (2014) have raised C. k. nitidescens to species level and considered it closely related to Camponotus boghossiani without comparing type specimens or discussing photos of type specimens of C. kiesenwetteri, C. k. nitidescens and C. boghossiani.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L., and S. Salata. 2017. Ants of the Peloponnese, Greece (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Polish Journal of Entomology 86: 193-236.
  • Emery C. 1914. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Bearbeitung von O. Leonhard's Sammlungen. 5. Südeuropäische Ameisen (Hym.). Entomologische Mitteilungen. Berlin-Dahlem 3: 156-159.
  • Forel A. 1910. Glanures myrmécologiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 54: 6-32.
  • Salata S., A. C. Loss, C. Karaman, K. Kiran, and L. Borowiec. 2019. Review of the Camponotus kiesenwetteri group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in the Aegean with the description of a new species. ZooKeys 899: 85-107.
  • Salata S., and L Borowiec. 2017. Species of Tetramorium semilaeve complex from Balkans and western Turkey, with description of two new species of (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae). Annales Zoologici (Warsaw) 62:279–313.
  • Salata S., and L. Borowiec. 2018. Taxonomic and faunistic notes on Greek ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Annals of the Upper Silesian Museum in Bytom Entomology 27: 1-51.
  • Salata S., and L. Borowiec. 2019. Preliminary division of not socially parasitic Greek Temnothorax Mayr, 1861 (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) with a description of three new species. ZooKeys 877: 81-131.