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Species: Camponotus (Myrmophyma) ephippium   (Smith, 1858) 

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Camponotus ephippium narses

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Extant: 1 valid subspecies

Formica ephippium Smith, 1858a PDF: 39 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Camponotus: Roger, 1863b PDF: 4.
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  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 ephippium SmithHNS

Worker. HW 1.6 - 3.8; HL 1.9 - 3.6; PW 1.55 - 2.8. Variations of red and black; mostly glossy; setae on tibiae distinct, short, overlapping raised to 20°, none on scapes, long erect setae scattered everywhere including under head. Major worker. Head sides mostly straight, parallel; cheeks and vertex swollen, corners projecting rearward; eyes small, flat, placed> 2 EL distant from corners; metanotum a distinct trough; propodeal dorsum straight, angle 135° rounded; anterior clypeal margin feebly projecting, median section concave, bounded by two blunt teeth. Minor worker. Head sides nearly straight, parallel, corners abrupt; eyes bulbous, large, <0.5 EL from corners; propodeal dorsum concave; PD / D about 3; node summit convex; most of ant covered with fine short white overlapping setae; about 8 teeth.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 4 times found in native veg., rural environ., 1 times found in Disturbed wandoo woodland, 1 times found in Dry Sclerophyll, 1 times found in Low prickly scrub damaged by rabbits/goats, 1 times found in paddock, 1 times found in Sclerophyll woodland, 1 times found in Woodland near townsite.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 3 times soil, 1 times wandoo trunk, 1 times Terrestrial, 1 times soil/tree-trunk, 1 times Nest a conical pile of pebble, approx. 10cm high, 1 times ground forager(s), 1 times ground forager, 1 times active on ground surface.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times Tree trap, 1 times Bark trap, 1 times direct collection, 1 times Pitfall.

Elevations: collected from 85 - 750 meters, 408 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1975-11-01 and 2015-03-23

Type specimens: syntype of Camponotus ephippium: casent0903540

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