Current Valid Name: Colobopsis levuana
Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)
Distribution: Geographic regions:
Not found on any curated Geolocale/Taxon lists.
Endemic to the Fiji Islands.Beqa:
Malovo 182. Gau:
Navukailagi 432. Kadavu:
Moanakaka 60, Moanakaka 60, Mt. Washington 700, Namalata 120, Vanua Ava b. Lakeba:
Tubou 100 b. Moala:
Mt. Korolevu 375.Ovalau:
Cawaci, Ovalau. Vanua Levu:
Kilaka 146, Wainibeqa 150, Vusasivo Village 190, Vuya 300, Mt. Wainibeqa 152 c, Vusasivo Village 400 b, Vusasivo Village 400 b, Rokosalase 180, Rokosalase 150, Rokosalase 118, Wainunu, Labasa. Viti Levu:
Nabukavesi 40, Mt. Evans 800, Mt. Evans 800, Vaturu Dam 575 b, Vaturu Dam 620, Colo-i-Suva 186 d, Vunisea 300, Nabukavesi 300, Nadarivatu 750, Nausori, Vunidawa, Lami, Colo-i-Suva, Tailevu.
is a dark species of moderate size that is a closely related to the sympatric and more ubiquitous C. laminatus
. Camponotus levuanus
can be distinguished from the latter by the darker and sparser pilosity of the gaster, which gives it a more shiny appearance. The gaster is also more elongate and slender in form, and the petiolar node is broad and often deeply concave apically. In addition, the antennal scapes and hind tibia of C. levuanus
are generally the same dark color as the head and gaster, whereas even those of the C. laminatus
from Vanua Levu with the dark mesosoma contrast with the head and gaster. The other laminatus
-group species with dark and sparse gastral pilosity is C. sadinus
, which can be distinguished by the presence of erect hairs on the pronotum, and the broader, less elongate gaster with very short appressed hairs. A high degree of color variation occurs within C. levuanus
. Specimens from Vanua Levu and Kadavu tend to have a dark mesosoma that give them a uniform dark appearance, while those from Beqa, Moala and Viti Levu tend to have a reddish mesosoma more similar to the sympatric C. laminatus
was captured most frequently in malaise traps, though specimens were also taken from sifted litter and from workers foraging on vegetation.
Mann, W.M. (1921) The ants of the Fiji Islands. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 64, 401-499.
Sarnat, E.M. & Economo, E.P. (In Press) Ants of Fiji. University of California Publications in Entomology.
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