Camponotus lespesii Forel 1886,

Wild, Alexander L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 50

publication ID

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

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Camponotus lespesii Forel 1886
status

 

Camponotus lespesii Forel 1886  c.

Camponotus sexguttatus  r. lespesii Forel 1886 c: 169  . [holotype w examined, MHNG; Colombia].

Camponotus lespesi  subsp. melancholicus Emery 1894 b: 2  . NEW SYNONYMY. [w syntypes examined, MCSN, MHNG; Colonia Risso, Paraguay (Borelli)]

Camponotus lespesi Forel. Mayr 1887: 513  .

Camponotus (Dinomyrmex) lespesi Forel. Forel 1914 a: 268  .

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) lespesi Forel. Emery 1925: 83  .

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) lespesi  subsp. melancholica Emery. Emery 1925: 83  . Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) lespesi melancholicus Forel. Kempf 1972: 68  .

In my opinion the literature records of C. lespesii  and C. lespesii melancholicus  from Paraguay pertain to a single species, and the differences in identification stem from alternate taxonomic interpretations on the part of Forel and Emery. All of the material I have examined is rather homogenous and closely matches Emery’s melancholicus  types. The distinct appearance of this ant renders it unlikely to be confused with any other species in Paraguay. Camponotus lespesii  is large (mesosomal length> 3.5mm in major  workers) and more gracile  than any other Paraguayan Camponotus  of similar size. Additional diagnostic characters include: head of major  worker considerably longer than broad; sides of head of major  bearing> 15 standing setae; antennal scapes lacking standing setae; antennal scapes longer than head length; mesosoma low and elongate, declivitous propodeal face less than 1 / 3 length of dorsal face; sculpture of head, mesosoma, and gaster opaque.

Forel’s lespesii  type, a large minor  worker from Colombia, is somewhat lighter in color than the Paraguayan specimens but is otherwise similar. For the purpose of eliminating a trinomen I synonymize C. melancholicus  here.

MHNG

Museum d'Histoire Naturelle

NEW

University of Newcastle

MCSN

Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Camponotus

Loc

Camponotus lespesii Forel 1886

Wild, Alexander L. 2007
2007
Loc

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) lespesi melancholicus

Forel. Kempf 1972: 68
1972
Loc

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) lespesi

Forel. Emery 1925: 83
1925
Loc

melancholica

Emery. Emery 1925: 83
1925
Loc

Camponotus (Dinomyrmex) lespesi

Forel. Forel 1914: 268
1914
Loc

melancholicus

Emery 1894: 2
1894
Loc

Camponotus lespesi

Forel. Mayr 1887: 513
1887
Loc

lespesii

Forel 1886: 169
1886