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Species: Camponotus minimus   Crawley, 1922 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Camponotus claripes r. minima Crawley, 1922e: 31 (s.w.q.m.) AUSTRALIA. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Raised to species: McArthur, 2009 PDF: 279.

Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Oceania: Australia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: McArthur, A. J., 2009, New species, new status and new synonymy for Camponotus from Australia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Myrmecologische Nachrichten 12, pp. 273-286

Camponotus minimus CrawleyHNS, 1922 stat. n. (Figs. 9 - 11)

Camponotus claripes r. minima CrawleyHNS, 1922.

Camponotus claripes minimusHNS: Taylor 1985.

Type material examined: 2 syntypes (OUM): 1 major and 1 minor worker " Cotype 122 Mundaring WA".

Other material examined (in SAMA): Australian Capital Territory: Black Mountain (35° 16' S, 149° 06' E), 19. V. 1968, leg. B. B. Lowery; Capitol Hill (35° 18' S, 149° 08' E), 15. V. 1959, leg. B. B. Lowery; Kowen (35° 18' S, 149° 17' E), 15.VII.1932, leg. T. Greaves; Mt. Black (35° 38' S, 148° 41' E), 18.VIII.1931, leg. T. Greaves; Red Hill (35° 19' S, 149° 07' E), 16. V. 1959, leg. B. B. Lowery. New South Wales: Berrigan State Forest (35° 41' S, 145° 55' E), 7. V. 1979, leg. B. B. Lowery; Cowra 17 miles W (33° 50' S, 148° 41' E), 8.XII.1965, leg. B. B. Lowery; Gosford (33° 26' S, 151° 21' E), 1.IV.1956, leg. B. B. Lowery; Goulburn (34° 45' S, 149° 43' E), 20. V. 1959, leg. B. B. Lowery; Hillston 32 km S (33° 29' S, 145° 32' E), 17.IV.1978, leg. B. B. Lowery; Iluka (29° 24' S, 153° 21' E), 15.IX.1964, leg. B. B. Lowery; Lake Cowal (33° 42' S, 147° 21' E), 29.IX.1971, leg. W. Virtjns; Mootwingee (31° 17' S, 142° 18' E), 18. V. 1971, leg. B. B. Lowery; Mudgee (32° 36' S, 149° 35' E), 1.IX.1960, leg. B. B. Lowery; Queanbeyan (35° 21' S, 149° 14' E), 17. V. 1968, leg. B. B. Lowery; Trundle (32° 55' S, 147° 42' E), 3. I. 1964, leg. B. B. Lowery; West Wyalong (33° 55' S, 147° 12' E), 8.XII.1965, leg. B. B. Lowery. Northern Territory: Ayers Rock (25° 21' S, 131° 04' E), 19.II.1996, leg. A. Boyle; New Bore 6 km SW (25° 16' S, 130° 55' E), Morphometrics (Type material, GMNH): Major worker HW 2.85, HL 3.00, PW 1.90, FCW 1.0, HT 2.00, EL 0.55, TL 1.90. Minor worker HW 1.10, HL 1.60, PW 1.00, FCW 0.4, HT 0.90, EL 0.35, TL 1.70.

9: Camponotus minimusHNS, major worker above, minor worker below; left: frontal view of head; right: habitus, lateral.

4.IV.1995, leg. J. Wainer. Queensland: Wacol (27° 35' S, 152° 55' E), 30.XI.1956, leg. B. B. Lowery; Windsor Tableland (16° 18' S, 145° 05' E), 5.XI.1976, leg. R. W. Taylor & T. A. Weir. South Australia: Alawoona 28 km S (34° 57' S, 140° 27' E), 21.XI.1996, leg. J. A. Forrest; Balah 7 km SE (33° 47' S, 139° 49' E), 13. X. 1992, leg. SADEH South Oleary Plains Survey; Billiatt CP (34° 58' S, 140° 27' E), 23.III.1996, leg. A. J. McArthur & J. D. Erskine; Blan-chetown (34° 22' S, 139° 38' E), 30.IX.1997, leg. J. Mug-ford; Blyth (33° 51' S, 138° 29' E), 4.VII.1957, leg. B. B. Lowery; Bridgewater (35° 00' S, 138° 46' E), 1. I. 1974, leg. P. J. M. Greenslade; Bunker Hill (36° 00' S, 136° 45' E), 14. I. 1973, leg. P. J. M. Greenslade; Cambrai 34.2 km E (34° 38' S, 139° 31' E), 29. X. 2000, leg. T. Steggles; Casuarina Dam (33° 53' S, 140° 18' E), 10. X. 2000, leg. RGS Bookmark Survey; Ceduna (32° 07' S, 135° 48' E), 1. X. 1957, leg. B. B. Lowery; Christmas Rocks (36° 21' S, 140° 21' E), 8.XI.1992, leg. A. J. McArthur; Cleland NP (34° 59' S, 138° 43' E), 11.IV.1999; Clements Gap CP (33° 29' S, 138° 04' E), 1. X. 2000, leg. T. Steggles; Danggali CP (33° 15' S, 140° 44' E), 1.IV.1998, leg. K. Schneider; Echunga 4 km W (35° 06' S, 138° 45' E), 1. V. 1993, leg. S. O. Shattuck; Ferries-McDonald NP (35° 13' S, 139° 09' E), 1.XI.1978, leg. E. G. Matthews; Franklin Islands (32° 27' S, 133° 40' E), 1.II. 1991, leg. T. Herbert; Freeling Heights 6.5 km ENE (30° 07' S, 139° 26' E), 23. X. 1999, leg. SADEH Flinders Ra. Survey; Gawler (34° 36' S, 138° 45' E), 15. V. 1998, leg. M. Adams; Gluepot (33° 42' S, 140° 10' E), 1. X. 2000, leg. U. Carnegie; Great Victoria Desert (28° 30' S, 129° 01' E), 1. VII.1999, leg. Friends of Great Victoria Desert; Greenly Is. (34° 39' S, 134° 47' E), 29.XI.1976, leg. W. Zeidler; Gum Lagoon (36° 17' S, 140° 02' E), 26.III.1992, leg. E. G. Matthews & J. A. Forrest; Horn Camp Ruin 0.4 km W (31° 06' S, 138° 36' E), 25.III.1999, leg. SADEH Flinders Ra. Survey; Innes NP (35° 14' S, 136° 50' E), 1.XI.1990, leg. S. Morrison; Jupiter Creek (35° 09' S, 138° 46' E), 3.IV.1993, leg. A. J. McArthur; Karcultaby Area School (32° 46' S, 134° 58' E), 15. X. 1995, leg. A. J. McArthur & C. H. Watts; Keith 40 miles NW (36° 06' S, 139° 54' E), 21. X. 1958, leg. E. F. Riek; Kilroo 12 km NNW (33° 29' S, 136° 17' E), 6.XII.2003, leg. SADEH Eyre Pen. Surv; Kingston 24 km W-HWY 1 (36° 50' S, 139° 51' E), leg. A. J. McArthur; Koongawa 16 km NNW (33° 02' S, 135° 49' E), 23.XI. 1995, leg. D. Hirst; Lake Gilles CP (32° 56' S, 136° 46' E), 30.XI.1995, leg. B. Pike; Lake Short Reserve (34° 21' S, 139° 37' E), 4.XI.2001, leg. G. & R. Churchett; Lambina 26.8 km NE (26° 44' S, 134° 15' E), 18.IX.1999, leg. SADEH Sandy Desert Survey; Lance Bore 3.4 km W (30° 57' S, 138° 45' E), 25.III.1999, leg. SADEH Flinders Ra. Survey; Lincoln NP (34° 47' S, 136° 00' E), 12. V. 1972, leg. B. B. Lowery; Little Bunyip Dam (33° 21' S, 140° 35' E), 4. V. 2000, leg. R. Noye; Malinong (35° 31' S, 139° 31' E), 30.IX.1982, leg. R. D. Robinson; Manning Reserve (35° 11' S, 138° 34' E), 15.XII.2001, leg. P. Matejcic; McLaren Flat (35° 13' S, 138° 35' E), 1.VIII.1991, leg. A. J. McArthur; Messent CP (36° 03' S, 139° 46' E), 17. XII.1994, leg. H. Owens; Millbrook Reservoir (34° 49' S, 138° 48' E), 24.VI.1905, leg. D. Hirst; Monarto NP (35° 10' S, 139° 07' E), 1.XI.1998, leg. A. J. McArthur; Monta-cute 2.6 km WSW (34° 53' S, 138° 42' E), 1.XII.2000, leg. SADEH South Mt. Lofty Ra. Survey; Moonabbie 13.2 km SSE (33° 21' S, 137° 19' E), 30.IX.2002, leg. Munyaroo Survey; Moorundie (34° 24' S, 139° 36' E), 30.III.2002, leg. G. & R. Churchett; Morgan 8 miles SW (34° 02' S, 139° 40' E), 8.IX.1969, leg. B. B. Lowery; Mt. Compass 11 km E (35° 21' S, 138° 44' E), 7.XII.1998, leg. Fleureau Pen. Survey; Mt. Crawford Forest (34° 42' S, 138° 58' E), 1.IX.1988, leg. R. Tuckwell; Mt. Lindsay (27° 01' S, 129° 52' E), 16. X. 1996, leg. SADEH Pitjantjatjara Lands Survey; Mt. Lofty (34° 59' S, 138° 43' E), 10.VIII.1998, leg. P. J. Fargher & A. J. McArthur; Mt. Rescue CP (35° 51' S, 104° 18' E), 19. III.1992, leg. E. G. Matthews & J. A. Forrest; Mundy Dam 16.1 km WSW (26° 32' S, 132° 55' E), 16.VIII.1998, leg. SADEH Pitjantjatjara Lands Survey; Musgrave Ra (26° 08' S, 132° 03' E), 21. X. 1994, leg. SADEH Pitjantjatjara Lands Survey; Myrtle Springs 8 km NNW (30° 31' S, 138° 20' E), 5.XII.1997, leg. SADEH North West Flinders Ra. Survey; Naracoorte Cave Reserve (37° 04' S, 140° 48' E), 25. X. 1958, leg. G. F. Gross; Ngarkat CP (35° 57' S, 140° 45' E), 11.IV.2003, leg. J. S. White; Norwood 3 km E (34° 56' S, 138° 41' E), 9.II.1969, leg. B. B. Lowery; North Adelaide Park Lands (34° 56' S, 138° 36' E), 10.VIII.2002, leg. J. Berentson; Oraparinna (31° 22' S, 138° 43' E), 16.IX.1971, leg. P. J. M. Greenslade; Pandappa CP (33° 10' S, 139° 08' E), 25.IV.2003, leg. D. Hirst; Paney Shearers 9 km SE (32° 43' S, 135° 41' E), 20. X. 2001, leg. SADEH South Eyre Pen. Survey; Penneshaw (35° 43' S, 137° 56' E), 5.IX.1972, leg. P. J. M. Greenslade; Penola Forest 2.7 km SE (37° 30' S, 140° 50' E), 8.II.1997, leg. SADEH S. E. Fauna Survey; Penong 15 km S (31° 59' S, 132° 56' E), 4.XI.1995, leg. R. Foster B. Pike; Perponda (34° 59' S, 139° 49' E), 13. V. 1968, leg. P. J. M. Greenslade; Pine Hill 1.5 km N (36° 15' S, 140° 56' E), 15.XII.1995, leg. SADEH Box & Bulloak Survey; Pine Hill Soak 0.4 km N (36° 32' S, 140° 53' E), 1.III.1997, leg. SADEH S. E. Fauna Survey; Pinkawillinie CP (33° 06' S, 135° 59' E), 20.III.1996, leg. J. A. Forrest; Pinnaroo 23 km NW (35° 07' S, 140° 43' E), 29.III.2000, leg. J. A. Forrest; Poochera (32° 43' S, 134° 47' E), 15. X. 1995, leg. R. Foster & B. Pike; Pt. Augusta 5 km N (32° 27' S, 137° 46' E), 15.VII.1993, leg. A. J. McArthur J. D. Erskine; Renmark 79 km NNW (33° 31' S, 140° 23' E), 3. V. 1995, leg. S. O. Shattuck; Rocky River (35° 57' S, 136° 45' E), 9.XI.1987, leg. G. F. Gross & D. Hirst; Russell Camp 7 km NE (36° 25' S, 140° 22' E), 6.III.1997, leg. SADEH S. E. Fauna Survey; Serpentine Lakes (28° 29' S, 129° 01' E), 18. IV.1994, leg. J. A. Forrest; Sevenhill (33° 53' S, 138° 38' E), 1.IV.1957, leg. B. B. Lowery; Standford Dam (33° 20' S, 140° 54' E), 23.III.2001, leg. J. A. Forrest & D. Hirst; Streaky Bay (32° 48' S, 134° 13' E), 26.IX.1957, leg. B. B. Lowery; Tailem Bend (35° 15' S, 139° 28' E), 26. I. 1969, leg. B. B. Lowery; Telowie 4.9 km ENE (33° 30' S, 139° 10' E), 25.XI.1999, leg. SADEH Flinders Ra. Survey; Tinti-nara (35° 31' S, 140° 02' E), 16. V. 1993, leg. G. L. Howie; Tiverton (32° 41' S, 139° 52' E), 3. X. 2001, leg. G. R. & S. Churchett; Turkey Nest Dam 3.9 km SE (33° 56' S, 140° 09' E), 12. X. 2001, leg. RGS Bookmark Survey; Victor Harbour (35° 33' S, 138° 37' E), 16.IV.1969, leg. B. B. Lowery; Vi-vonne Bay 1 km E (35° 59' S, 137° 10' E), 7.III.1995, leg. T. Herbert; Waitpinga Hill 1 km SSW (35° 37' S, 138° 28' E), 3.III.2000, leg. SADEH South Mt. Lofty Ranges Survey; Warbla Cave 6.1 km NE (31° 29' S, 129° 09' E), 29. X. 2004, leg. Waterhouse Club Merdayerrah Survey; Western Flat 8 km S (36° 32' S, 140° 45' E), 4.III.1994, leg. T. Croft; Wilpena Chalet 4 km SSW (31° 33' S, 138° 35' E), 20.XI.1999, leg. SADEH Flinders Ra. Survey; Witera 4.3 km SSW (33° 10' S, 134° 33' E), 25. X. 2001, leg. SADEH South Eyre Pen. Survey; Woakwine (37° 23' S, 140° 03' E), 11. I. 1999, leg. A. J. McArthur; Yumali 5.4 km 5 (35° 34' S, 139° 45' E), 10.XI.1990, leg. A. J. McArthur. Victoria: Frankston (38° 09' S, 145° 08' E), 28.VII.1929, leg. T. Greeves; Grampians (37° 00' S, 142° 27' E), 17. X. 1979, leg. J. J. H. Szent-Ivany; Hattah 19.6 km SW (34° 54' S, 142° 08' E), 1. X. 1985, leg. A. L. Yen; Kamarooka Forest (36° 32' S, 144° 24' E), 17.VI.1905, leg. S. Hinckley; Swan Hill 20 miles NW (35° 20' S, 143° 33' E), 9. X. 1947, leg. T. Greaves; Tallarook (37° 06' S, 145° 06' E), 17. X. 1934, leg. F. G. Holdaway; Watsonia (37° 43' S, 145° 05' E), leg. B. B. Lowery. Western Australia: Beverley 75 km W (32° 07' S, 115° 39' E), 27.IV.1975, leg. A. M. 6 M. J. Douglas; Bridgetown 5 km NE (33° 56' S, 116° 10' E), 21. X. 1999, leg. A. J. & W. M. McArthur; Bunbury (33° 20' S, 115° 38' E), 19.XII.1969, leg. B. B. Lowery; Canning Dam turnoff (32° 11' S, 116° 06' E), 1. V. 1994, leg. M. A. Adams; Cape Arid NP (34° 00' S, 123° 12' E), 8.IV.1998, leg. A. J. McArthur & S. Barker; Cape Le Grande (33° 54' S, 122° 32' E), 2.VII.1993, leg. A. J. & W. M. McArthur; Denmark 11 miles N (34° 52' S, 117° 23' E), 24. X. 1969, leg. R. W. Taylor; Dryandra State Forest (32° 15' S, 116° 14' E), 14.VI.1905, leg. A. J. & W. M. McArthur; Esperance (33° 51' S, 121° 53' E), 31.XII.1969, leg. B. B. Lowery; Frenchman Peak (33° 58' S, 122° 10' E), 1. V. 1977, leg. R. P. McMillan; Hope Valley (32° 11' S, 115° 46' E), 22. I. 1995, leg. B. Heterick; Israelite Bay (33° 37' S, 123° 51' E), 16.III.1996, leg. J. A. Forrest; Jandakot (32° 07' S, 115° 50' E), leg. J. D. Majer; Jarrahdale (32° 20' S, 116° 04' E), 28.II.1997, leg. A. J. & W. M. McArthur; Jaurdi 3.5 km NW (30° 49' S, 120° 10' E), 12.IV.1998, leg. Western Australia Naturalists; Kambalda 35 km S (31° 32' S, 121° 40' E), 9.III.1996, leg. J. A. Forrest; Kings Park (31° 58' S, 115° 50' E), 26.VII.1992, leg. A. J. McArthur; Kuli-kup (33° 50' S, 116° 40' E), 21. X. 1999, leg. A. J. & W. M. McArthur; Lake King (33° 04' S, 119° 34' E), 30.VI.1993, leg. A. J. & W. M. McArthur; Mooliabeenee (31° 20' S, 116° 01' E), leg. J. D. Majer; Mt. Clare (34° 59' S, 116° 44' E), 25. X. 1969, leg. R. W. Taylor; Mt. Trio (34° 21' S, 118° 07' E), 28. X. 1969, leg. R. W. Taylor; Mundaring Weir NP (31° 57' S, 116° 10' E), 18. X. 1999, leg. A. J. & W. M. McArthur; Perth (31° 57' S, 115° 51' E), leg. A. J. & W. M. McArthur; Porongurup NP (34° 42' S, 117° 53' E), 24. X. 1969, leg. R. W. Taylor; Russell Highway (33° 54' S, 115° 05' E), 19. X. 1999, leg. A. J. & W. M. McArthur; Spring Creek (21° 03' S, 119° 07' E), 21. X. 1993, leg. B. B. Lowery; Thomas River (24° 32' S, 116° 55' E), leg. N. R. Mitchell; Torndir-rup (34° 57' S, 117° 48' E), leg. J. D. Majer; Useless Loop (26° 08' S, 113° 24' E), 19.IV.1999, leg. R. P. McMillan; Vasse Highway (34° 18' S, 115° 46' E), 20. X. 1999, leg. A. J. & W. M. McArthur; Walpole 7 km NE (34° 57' S, 116° 48' E), 8.XII.1985, leg. P. S. Ward; Yanchep (31° 33' S, 115° 41' E), leg. J. D. Majer.

Fig. 10: Camponotus minimusHNS. Graph with HW at x axis and D = HL, A = FCW at y axis. HL = 0.87 * HW + 0.37 (R 2 = 0.98, n = 20); FCW = 031 * HW + 0.09 (R 2 = 0.97, n = 20).

Fig. 11: Collection localities of C. minimusHNS, specimens in SAMA.

Fig. 12: Camponotus nigroaeneusHNS, medium worker above, minor worker below; left: frontal view of head; right: habitus, lateral.

Worker description: Major worker. Head sides convex tapering anteriorly. Vertex straight. Clypeus anterior median quarter projecting forward, bounded by two blunt teeth, concave between. Mandibles with 6 teeth. FCW > HW / 3. Integument mainly glossy. Mesosoma in profile dorsum uniformly convex; Propodeal angle 90°, rounded. Metanotum raised. PD / D ~ 0.8. Petiolar node summit sharp. Erect setae on mesosoma dorsum sparse and scattered. Ge-nae and underside of head without erect setae. Scape and tibiae without distinct setae. Colour: reddish brown, legs lighter.

Fig. 13: Collection localities of C. nigroaeneusHNS, specimens in SAMA.

Minor worker. Head sides straight, feebly tapering anteriorly. Vertex straight. Eyes large. Clypeus anterior margin projecting forward, convex. Mandibles with 6 teeth. FCW ~ HW / 3. Integument mainly glossy. Pronotum and mesonotum in profile weakly convex, propodeum uniformly strongly convex, propodeal angle indistinct. Petiolar node summit blunt. Erect setae on mesosomal dorsum sparse and scattered. Genae and underside of head without erect setae. Scape and tibiae without distinct setae. Colour: reddish brown, legs lighter.

Fig. 14: Camponotus triodiaeHNS sp. n., major worker above, minor worker below; left: frontal view of head; right: habitus, lateral.

Morphometrics: See Fig. 10.

Fig. 10: Camponotus minimusHNS. Graph with HW at x axis and D = HL, A = FCW at y axis. HL = 0.87 * HW + 0.37 (R 2 = 0.98, n = 20); FCW = 031 * HW + 0.09 (R 2 = 0.97, n = 20).

Fig. 11: Collection localities of C. minimusHNS, specimens in SAMA.

Fig. 12: Camponotus nigroaeneusHNS, medium worker above, minor worker below; left: frontal view of head; right: habitus, lateral.

Worker description: Major worker. Head sides convex tapering anteriorly. Vertex straight. Clypeus anterior median quarter projecting forward, bounded by two blunt teeth, concave between. Mandibles with 6 teeth. FCW > HW / 3. Integument mainly glossy. Mesosoma in profile dorsum uniformly convex; Propodeal angle 90°, rounded. Metanotum raised. PD / D ~ 0.8. Petiolar node summit sharp. Erect setae on mesosoma dorsum sparse and scattered. Ge-nae and underside of head without erect setae. Scape and tibiae without distinct setae. Colour: reddish brown, legs lighter.

Fig. 13: Collection localities of C. nigroaeneusHNS, specimens in SAMA.

Minor worker. Head sides straight, feebly tapering anteriorly. Vertex straight. Eyes large. Clypeus anterior margin projecting forward, convex. Mandibles with 6 teeth. FCW ~ HW / 3. Integument mainly glossy. Pronotum and mesonotum in profile weakly convex, propodeum uniformly strongly convex, propodeal angle indistinct. Petiolar node summit blunt. Erect setae on mesosomal dorsum sparse and scattered. Genae and underside of head without erect setae. Scape and tibiae without distinct setae. Colour: reddish brown, legs lighter.

Fig. 14: Camponotus triodiaeHNS sp. n., major worker above, minor worker below; left: frontal view of head; right: habitus, lateral.

Morphometrics: See Fig. 10.

Comparative notes: Camponotus minimusHNS stat. n. lacks erect setae on the underside of the head, has wide frontal carinae with FCW > HW / 3 and is polymorphic as shown in Fig. 11, whereas C. claripesHNS has plentiful erect setae on the underside of the head, has narrower frontal carinae with FCW < HW / 3 and is dimorphic as shown in Fig. 3.

Distribution: See Fig. 11.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 3 times found in native veg., rural environ., 2 times found in Dry sclerophyll forest, grey sand and laterite times found in Allocasuarina/samphire, 1 times found in Banksia woodland, white soil, 1 times found in jarrah/marri sclerophyll woodland, 1 times found in Sandplain/laterite heathland, 1 times found in Sclerophyll woodland (Eucalyptus marginata/Corymbia calophylla), In grey lateritic soil, 1 times found in Spinifex sandplain.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 3 times soil, 2 times Nest, 2 times From jarrah (E. marginata), 1 times Under lateritic stone, 1 times On ground, 1 times nest under log near bush track, 1 times Nest under lateritic stone, 1 times Under sizeable stone.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 9 times Pitfall, 2 times Pyrethrum knockdown, 1 times By hand, 1 times Tree trap.

Type specimens: syntype of Camponotus minimus: casent0912082; syntype of Camponotus claripes minima: casent0903538



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