Camponotus sexguttatus (Fabricius 1793),

Wild, Alexander L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 47-48

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http://doi.org/ 10.5281/zenodo.179222

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scientific name

Camponotus sexguttatus (Fabricius 1793)
status

 

Camponotus sexguttatus (Fabricius 1793)  .

Formica sexguttata Fabricius 1793: 354  .

Camponotus sexguttatus (Fabricius)  . Mayr 1862: 656.

Camponotus sexguttatus  var. fusciceps Emery 1906: 192  . NEW SYNONYMY. [syntype w examined, MHNG; Mato Grosso, Brazil].

Camponotus (Myrmosphincta) sexguttatus (Fabricius)  . Forel 1912 e: 92.

Camponotus (Myrmosphincta) sexguttatus  var. fusciceps Emery. Wheeler 1916: 14  .

Camponotus sexguttatus  is a common ant throughout the neotropics, particularly in disturbed or edge habitats, that has accumulated an unfortunate number of infraspecific taxa. These names usually pertain to minor  color differences. While C. sexguttatus  in the broad sense may actually contain a number of cryptic species over the full range of the group, there is little chance that the current haphazard assortment of subspecies and varieties accurately represents them. Literature records from Paraguay include both C. sexguttatus  (Forel 1906, Forel 1907 b [as “ bimaculatus  ”], Kempf 1972) and C.sexguttatus  var. fusciceps  (Emery 1906, Kempf 1972). Examination of the specimens at MHNG on which the records are based shows both to belong to the single common species that I have been calling C. sexguttatus  . A proper taxonomic study may eventually show that the forms from subtropical South America should have a different name, as the type of C. sexguttatus  is Antillean in origin, far to the north.

NEW

University of Newcastle

MHNG

Museum d'Histoire Naturelle

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Camponotus

Loc

Camponotus sexguttatus (Fabricius 1793)

Wild, Alexander L. 2007
2007
Loc

var. fusciceps

Emery. Wheeler 1916: 14
1916
Loc

var. fusciceps

Emery 1906: 192
1906
Loc

Formica sexguttata

Fabricius 1793: 354
1793