Camponotus politae

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Camponotus politae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. politae
Binomial name
Camponotus politae
Wu, J. & Wang, C., 1994

Nothing is known about the biology of Camponotus politae.

Identification

Wu and Wang (1994) - Monomorphic. Body strongly built. Posterior margin of head convex, sides of head only slightly convex. Ocelli abscent. Eyes very large, placed in the sides above the middle line of the head. Antennae 12 segmented . Antennal socket situated far behind the posterior margin of clypeus. Antennal ridges short, low and diverging. Posterior margin of clypeus straight, Anterior margin of clypeus round. Mandibles triangular, furnished with 5 teeth. Palp formula 6,4. Pro-mesonotal suture distinct. Metanotum present, wide and deep. Base of propodeum flat, the posterior part of it rounded into a long declivity, which is two times long of the base. Middle of the declivty interrupted by a high transverse convexity.

Petiole long, with a low and thick node. Gaster long, oval, flat above. First gastral tergite low, not overlapping the petiole. Cloacal opening round, not surrounded by a fringe of hairs.

Distribution

Yunnan Province, China.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • politae. Dolophra politae Wu & Wang, 1994: 37, figs. 1-3 (w.) CHINA.
    • Combination in Camponotus: Bolton, 1995b: 118.
    • Combination in C. (Colobopsis): Bolton, 2003: 268.
    • Combination in Colobopsis: Ward, et al., 2016: 350.
    • Combination in Camponotus (Myrmamblys): Ward & Boudinot, 2021: 43.
    • See also: Wu & Wang, 1995: 158.

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

Description

Worker

(Holotype cited first):TL 4.4, 4.2, 4.4, HL 0.98, 0.96, 0.92, HW 0.78, 0.77, 0.74, CI 80, 80, 80, ED 0.30, 0.30, 0.29, SL 0.92, 0.90, 0.93, SI 118, 117, 126, PW 0.62, 0.63, 0.63, WL 1.48, 1.44, 1.40.

Head longer than wide. Occipital margin convex. Sides of head almost straight, slightly convex. Eyes very large, flat, situated posterior to the middle of head. Antennal socket located far behind the posterior margin of the clypeus. Scape of antennae extending slightly beyond the occipital margin. Clypeus convex, posterior margin straight, anterior margin round. Mandibles triangular, furnished with 5 teeth. Ali trunk a little compressed laterally. Pronotum and mesonotum slightly convex, forming a weak arc. Anterior part of pronotum not margined. Pro-mesonotal suture distinct. Meso-propodeal suture deep and wide. Base of propodeum flat, the posterior end rounding into a much longer declivity, which is two times long of the base. The middle of declivity raised transversely ,just like the obtuse angle between the base and declivity.

Petiole long and low, The length is more than two times long of the height. The anterior surface straight and inclined forward. The upper surface convex, rounded gradually into the posterior surface of the petiole. Legs long. Gaster long, oval, flat above.

Body smooth and shining. Head, alitrunk and petiole finely punctured and rugulose. Mesonotum and propodeum coarsely punctured and distinctly wrinkled.

Pubescence greyish, very short and dilute. Upper surface of head (without clypeus) with 1- 8 long greyish hairs. Anterior margin of clypeus furnished with at least 4 long hairs. Several hairs present around the center of clypeus. Hairs abscent on pronotum. Mesonotum, alitrunk and node of petiole each with one or a pair of long hairs. Pilosity in the gaster relatively abundant, especially at the end of gaster.

Black. Mandibles, antennae and legs brownish red. The posterior part of coxa and trochanter yellowish white to brownish yellow. Anterior part of middle and hind tibiae of legs distinctly darker than the other part of the legs. Posterior center of the first tergite and anterior of the second tergite of alitrunk with a large yellow spot. The first and second sternite yellow.

Type Material

Holotype worker: Jinghong Co., Yunnan province, 1987- XI- 25. Wu Jian and Wang Changlu legs. Paratypes: 2 workers with same data as holotype. Type specimens are kept in the Insect Collection, Chinese Academy of Forestry.

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Fontanilla A. M., A. Nakamura, Z. Xu, M. Cao, R. L. Kitching, Y. Tang, and C. J. Burwell. 2019. Taxonomic and functional ant diversity along tropical, subtropical, and subalpine elevational transects in southwest China. Insects 10, 128; doi:10.3390/insects10050128
  • Wu J., and C. Wang. 1994. A new genus of ants from Yunnan, China (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). Journal of Beijing Forestry University (English Edition) 3(1): 35-38.