Camponotus palkura

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Camponotus palkura
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. palkura
Binomial name
Camponotus palkura
McArthur, 2007

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Camponotus palkura.

Identification

McArthur (2007) - The presumed nearest relative Camponotus tricoloratus has sparse long erect setae on its mesosoma.

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.

  • palkura. Camponotus palkura McArthur, 2007b: 111, 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

Major Mesosoma: in lateral view, erect setae plentiful except on propodeal anterior dorsum which is nearly nude; an even convexity from the anterior of the pronotum to the propodeal angle; metanotum distinct, narrow; propodeal angle about 160°; ratio dorsum/declivity about 2; node on the petiole with anterior face convex, summit sharp, posterior face convex. Head: sides convex, with the anterior half tapering to the front; vertex straight; frontal carinae diverging; frontal area diamond shape; clypeus anterior margin projecting, straight; clypeus integument glossy; median clypeal carina indistinct; plentiful long erect setae under head. Appendages: outside of tibiae with indistinct flat-lying setae raised to about 5°, about 9 bristles in a row inside; setae on scape flat-lying, indistinct. Colour varies from yellow to reddish yellow.

Minor Mesosoma: in lateral view, erect setae plentiful except on propodeal anterior dorsum which is nearly nude; an even convexity from the anterior of the pronotum to the propodeal angle; metanotum distinct and narrow; angle about 160°; ratio dorsum/declivity about 3; node on the petiole with anterior face convex, summit sharp, posterior face convex. Head: sides straight and parallel; vertex convex; frontal carinae mostly parallel, close together; frontal area a diamond shape; clypeus anterior margin projecting, convex; clypeus integument glossy; median clypeal carina distinct; plentiful long erect setae under head. Appendages: with indistinct flat-lying setae on outside of tibiae raised to <5°, about 9 bristles in a row inside; setae on scape flat-lying, indistinct. Colour: mostly yellow.

The species is presumed dimorphic due to the absence of medium workers in the SAMA collection.

Type Material

Etymology

Named from the word palkura = yellowish in the Pangkala Aboriginal language of Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.

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