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Species: Camponotus posteropilus   Shattuck, 2005 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Camponotus posteropilus Shattuck, 2005 PDF: 13, figs. 16-18 (w.) PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL
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  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 posteropilusHNS new species (Figs 16-18)

Diagnosis (minor worker). Dorsum of head finely reticulo-punctate and with a matte appearance; enlarged hairs absent from pronotum (but thin erect hairs present); entire dorsal surface of gaster covered with enlarged pale yellow hairs.

Description (minor worker). Posterolateral surface of head rounding gradually from the dorsal to lateral surfaces. Petiolar node forming a sharp angle dorsally. Individual erect hairs abundant on dorsum of mesosoma, petiole and gaster; enlarged yellow hairs present on dorsal surface of first three gastral tergites; pubescence thin and sparse across entire body. Colour black, legs and gaster dark red-black.

Measurements. Minor worker (n=4): CI 91-97, HL 2.04-2.25mm, HW 1.85- 2.18mm, ML 3.08-3.27mm, MTL 2.20-2.35mm, SI 110-132, SL 2.32-2.49mm.

Material Examined. Holotype worker and 18 worker paratypes from Mt. Kaindi , Wau District, Papua New Guinea, 28 May 1982, J.O. and P.J. Schmidt (holotype and 11 paratypes in LACM, 3 paratypes in ANIC, 2 paratypes in BMNH, 2 paratypes in MCZC).

Additional material: Papua New Guinea: 6mi. W Aiyura, 5,300ft. (Emerson, A.) (ANIC, LACM); Eastern Highlands District: Awande (Wylie, F.R.) (ANIC).

Comments. The Aiyura specimens were collected from a beech tree crevice while the Awande specimens were in a rotten log in a rainforest.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in montane rainforest edge, 1 times found in upper montane rainforest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times Beech tree crevice, 1 times R. F. in rotten log, 1 times on low vegetation, 1 times ex rotten log.

Elevations: collected from 1615 - 2300 meters, 1906 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1963-01-03 and 1982-05-28

Type specimens: paratype of Camponotus posteropilus: casent0903565

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