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Species: Camponotus novogranadensis   Mayr, 1870 

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Camponotus novogranadensis modestior

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2014)

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Camponotus novogranadensis Mayr, 1870a PDF: 380 (s.w.) COLOMBIA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history


Honduras to southern Brazil. Costa Rica: in open and disturbed habitats throughout country, upper elevation limit 800 to 1100m, depending on local topography.


Natural History:

This is an extremely common species in human altered landscapes throughout Costa Rica, in lowland to mid-elevation sites. It can be found in city parks in San Jose (the capital city), landscaped areas around hotels, coffee farms in Heredia, second growth vegetation and primary forest edge at La Selva and other lowland rainforest sites, seasonally dry habitats of Guanacaste Province, and in mangrove and other coastal habitats on both coasts. At La Selva it may also occur in the canopy of primary forest. Foragers are diurnal and very common on low vegetation. It is an opportunistic cavity nester. I have found nests in myrmecophytes (Cordia alliodora, Cecropia spp., and Triplaris melaenodendron), other live stems, and in dead branches of various sizes.


Mayr, G. 1870. Formicidae novogranadenses. Sitzungsber. K. Wiss. Math.-Naturwiss. Classe 61:370-417.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Forel, A., 1911:
[[worker]]. Cubatäo , Est. Sao Paulo (v. Ihering).

Wild, A. L., 2007:
Canindeyú , San Pedro (ALWC). Literature records: Cordillera (Forel 1906).

Forel, A., 1908:
[[ worker ]] [[ queen ]] ailees. Surubres pres San Mateo, feuilles et branches d'arbustes verts, cote Pacifique de Costa Rica, en avril (Biolley); Paso Hondo, Costa Rica (Pittier), en mai.

Emery, C., 1920:
Ouvriere et femelle. - Tete obtusement tronquee en avant. Corselet large et epaule, ou bien pronotum arrondi ( C. aberrans ); dans ce cas, l'ecaille est pourvue d'appendices lateraux. Petiole variable, nodiforme ou squamiforme, toujours au moins anguleux sur les cotes. Epinotum de forme tres differente.
J'ai rassemble dans ce groupe quelques petites especes etranges d'Afrique, de Madagascar et de l'Inde. Peut-etre est-ce un melange artificiel.
La tete de la petite ouvriere est rectangulaire, avec les cotes comprimes comme chez nombre de Myrmobrachys ; celle de la grande [[ worker ]] a les cotes paralleles ou convergents en avant et est obtusement tronquee, comme chez les Colobopsis , en sorte que l'epistome carene, dont le profil est saillant en bosse, n'est qu'en partie compris dans la surface tronquee. Les aretes frontales sont sigmoides et l'articulation des antennes est situee bien en avant de leur milieu. Le profil du corselet est en courbe' continue; le pronotum deprime, plus ou moins borde devant. Le tegument est sculpture et au moins en partie mat; la tete des grandes [[ worker ]] est tout a fait mate. Il y a des intermediaires entre les petites et les grandes ouvrieres.
Amerique centrale et meridionale.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 42 times found in montane wet forest, 4 times found in CCL 840M, 15 times found in tropical moist forest, 13 times found in 2º lowland rainforest, 11 times found in lowland wet forest, 10 times found in 2º wet forest, 1 times found in CCL 237, east 3m, 3 times found in CCL 400, 2 times found in CCL 400M, 5 times found in tropical rainforest, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 39 times Fogging, 44 times Malaise, 31 times search, 29 times Beating, 14 times Sweeping, 14 times Baiting, 10 times MiniWinkler, 6 times flight intercept trap, 3 times MaxiWinkler, 1 times Blacklight, 0 times On hardwood tree, ...

Elevations: collected from 5 - 1445 meters, 276 meters average

Type specimens: Lectotype Camponotus novogranadensis: casent0915797

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