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Species: Camponotus manni   Wheeler, 1934 

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Current Valid Name:

Colobopsis manni

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Camponotus manni Wheeler, 1934e PDF: 418, fig. 4 (w.) FIJI IS. Oceania. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Distribution:

  Geographic regions: Not found on any curated Geolocale/Taxon lists.

Distribution Notes:

Endemic to the Fiji Islands.

Taveuni: Devo Peak 1188, Lavena 234, Lavena 217, Lavena 219, Lavena 229, Lavena 235, Somosomo 200. Vanua Levu: Wainunu, Suene.

Biology:

Camponotus manni is endemic to the Fiji Islands. The species belongs to the Camponotus dentata group. The dentatus group is one of the worlds most peculiar radiations of Camponotus species. The armored cuticle, heavy sculpturing and conspicuous spines make them appear more ponerine or myrmicine than formicine. In the field they move slowly and deliberately without the timid or frenetic gestures that characterize most of their congeners. Although workers are encountered rarely, they can occasionally be found foraging on vegetation or tree trunks. Nests have avoided discovery by collectors and are thus likely to occur either high in trees or deep inside them.  During the most recent Fijian ant survey, it was only collected from the island of Taveuni where it was caught in malaise traps and foraging on vegetation. Previous collectors took it from several localities in Vanua Levu.

Identification:

Camponotus manni and C. manni subsp. umbratilis were described by W. M. Wheeler from specimens originally assigned to C. dentatus by Mann (Wheeler, 1934). Wheeler discusses a number of character differences between of C. manni and C. umbratilis that, upon inspection of additional material, do not appear to consistently separate the two. A more reliable way to separate C. manni from the other species of the bryani complex is the reduced pilosity, which is discussed in more detail under the notes for C. umbratilis.

References:

Sarnat, E.M. & Economo, E.P. (In Press) Ants of Fiji. University of California Publications in Entomology. 

Wheeler, W.M. (1934) Some aberrant species of Camponotus (Colobopsis) from the Fiji Islands. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 27, 415-424.


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