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Species: Camponotus mussolinii   Donisthorpe, 1936 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Camponotus (Myrmophyma) mussolinii Donisthorpe, 1936f PDF: 528 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

See also: Shattuck, 2005 PDF: 11.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Oceania: Papua New Guinea
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Shattuck, S. O., 2005, Review of the Camponotus aureopilus species-group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), including a second Camponotus with a metapleural gland., Zootaxa 903, pp. 1-20

Camponotus mussolinii DonisthorpeHNS (Figs 13-15)

Camponotus (Myrmophyma) mussolinii DonisthorpeHNS 1936: 528. Two worker syntypes from Kokoda , Papua New Guinea (BMNH, examined).

Diagnosis (minor worker). Enlarged hairs on pronotum present, white and covering the entire dorsal surface; pubescence on dorsum of head abundant and closely spaced.

Description (minor worker). Posterolateral surface of head essentially flat and with a weak angle running between the eye and the posterolateral corner; a slight concavity is present just below this ridge near the posterolateral corner. Antennal scape long, surpassing posterior margin of head by about one-half its length. Petiolar node low, forming a blunt, rounded angle dorsally and with a slight anterior tilt. White erect hairs abundant on pronotum (but not as dense as the enlarged hairs found in other species), those on the mesonotum, propodeum, petiolar node and gaster less abundant but still numerous; appressed pubescence abundant on entire body. Colour black with legs red-brown.

Measurements. Minor worker (n=4): CI 90-92, HL 1.86-1.94mm, HW 1.68- 1.77mm, ML 2.80-2.95mm, MTL 2.13-2.19mm, SI 139-163, SL 2.40-2.47mm.

Material Examined. Papua New Guinea: Northern District: Managalase plateau, ca. 30mi S Popondetta (Pullen,R.) (ANIC).

FIGURES 13-15. C. mussolinii DonisthorpeHNS, minor worker. Fig. 13, front of head; Fig. 14, dorsum of mesosoma; Fig. 15, side of body.

Comments. This species is similar to C. thadeusHNS but differs in the colour of the erect body hairs and the abundant pubescence (the hairs are yellow and the pubescence sparse in thadeusHNS) as well as in lacking the metapleural gland. It is so far known from only a limited number of collections, all from Papua New Guinea.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Elevations: collected from 366 - 762 meters, 564 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype of Camponotus mussolinii: casent0903559

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