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Species: Camponotus castaneus   (Latreille, 1802) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Formica castanea Latreille, 1802a: 118, pl. 3, figs. 11, 12 (w.q.m.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Wheeler, 1910g PDF: 321 (s.).
Combination in Camponotus: Roger, 1863b: 6; in Camponotus (Camponotus): Forel, 1914a PDF: 266; in Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex): Creighton, 1950a PDF: 375.
Senior synonym of Camponotus mellea (and its junior synonym Camponotus clarus): Mayr, 1886d PDF: 420; Forel, 1886h PDF: 141.


   (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists)
Nearctic Region: Canada, United States

Distribution Notes:



Woodland, upland forest


The placement of this species in Tanaemyrmex is somewhat doubtful, as it appears much closer to Camponotus, especially C. americanus. Indeed, the status of the traditional Camponotus subgenera needs careful, worldwide revision.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in mixed hardwood forest, 0 times found in Black oak dunes, 4 times found in hardwood-dominated forest, 3 times found in disturbed young hardwood forest, 3 times found in evergreen-dominated mixed forest, 1 times found in pine-oak forest, 3 times found in maple-dominated forest, 2 times found in Suburban with wide-spaced, 2 times found in hardwood/evergreen forest, 2 times found in mixed hardwood woodland, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times ex rotten log, 3 times under rock on slight slope, 3 times under rock, 3 times under log, 2 times strays, 2 times hardwood trees, 2 times using non-ant tunnels in log as temporary solarium, 1 times base of tree, 2 times under rock on edge of steep ravine, 2 times under rock on edge of gorge, 2 times under moss clump, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 5 times Search, 0 times UV light, 0 times Log stage 3, 0 times Log stage 5, 1 times under rock, 1 times at light, 1 times at ultraviolet light, 0 times direct collection, 0 times In rotting log, 1 times Pitfall, 1 times under fallen log, ...

Elevations: collected from 5 - 320 meters, 159 meters average

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