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Species: Camponotus nigriceps   (Smith, 1858) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Formica nigriceps Smith, 1858a PDF: 38 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Mayr, 1876 PDF: 63 (m.); Forel, 1879a PDF: 75 (q.m.); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1974a PDF: 61 (l.).
Revived status as species: Clark, 1934c PDF: 71.
Senior synonym of Camponotus perthianus: McArthur & Adams, 1996: 35.


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

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: McArthur, A. J., 2007, A key to Camponotus Mayr of Australia., Advances in ant systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Homage to E. O. Wilson - 50 years of contributions. (Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80), pp. 290-351

Camponotus nigriceps SmithHNS

Worker. HW 1.60 - 4.10; HL 2.20 - 4.10; PW 1.4 - 2.6. Black head; under head with plentiful long erect fine setae, mesosoma with scattered golden long fine erect setae, plentiful flat-lying short setae; tibiae and scapes with short setae raised to 30°; mesosoma dorsum evenly convex; node summit sharp; finely reticulate; polymorphic. Major worker. PD / D about 1.5; head sides convex, tapering forward; metanotum marked by fine lines; eyes flat. Minor worker. PD / D about 3; head sides straight parallel; vertex convex; metanotum absent; eyes bulbous.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 6 times found in mallee, 3 times found in dry sclerophyll, 4 times found in Eucalyptus woodland, 3 times found in mallee woodland, 2 times found in Casuarina cristata woodland with chenopod shrubs, lateritic soil times found in Largely cleared road verge, 1 times found in Mallee and Triodia on sand dune, 1 times found in Mixed native/exotic veg., rural environ., 1 times found in beach, 1 times found in sclerophyll woodland, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 3 times nocturnal strays, 2 times ground strays, 1 times under stone, 1 times Stray ground foragers, 1 times stray foragers, 1 times soil/tree-trunk, 1 times nocturnal foragers on tree trunk, 1 times Nest in soil under log, 1 times Nest in soil, 1 times light trap, 1 times in sand under log, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times direct collection, 1 times malaise trap, 1 times night collection, 1 times Pitfall.

Elevations: collected from 241 - 430 meters, 319 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype of Camponotus nigriceps: casent0903532; syntype of Camponotus nigriceps dimidiatus perthiana: casent0910309, casent0910310

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