Camponotus termitarius Emery

Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 48-49

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Camponotus termitarius Emery


Camponotus termitarius Emery  HNS  1902. NEW STATUS.

Camponotus punctulatus subsp. termitarius Emery  HNS  1902: 297. [w syntypes examined, MCSN; Rio Grande do Sul; Brazil (Schupp)]  .

Camponotus (Myrmoturba) punctulatus r. termitarius Emery  HNS  . Forel 1913: 249.

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) punctulatus subsp. termitaria Emery  HNS  . Emery 1925: 78.

Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) punctulatus termitarius Emery  HNS  . Kempf 1972: 71.

The aptly-named Camponotus termitarius  HNS  is most commonly collected from old termite mounds in low-lying pastures and pastizales. This ant should be treated as a full species. Camponotus termitarius  HNS  is locally sympatric with C. punctulatus  HNS  (syntype w examined, NHMW), shows consistent differences in nesting site ( C. punctulatus  HNS  is a generalist groundnesting ant), and is morphological distinct in a number of characters. First, C. termitarius  HNS  is more pilose, being intermediate in this regard between the relatively hirsute C. hispidus  HNS  and the relatively bare C. punctulatus  HNS  , lacking extensive standing hairs on the side of the head but bearing>8 between the eye and the mandibular insertions. Second, the propodeum of C. termitarius  HNS  is lower, more elongate, and with a shorter declivitous face than that of C. punctulatus  HNS  . Third, the microsculpture of the gastric tergites is more extensive, giving the gaster a duller appearance than in either C. hispidus  HNS  or C. termitarius  HNS  . Finally, the pubescence is more extensive in C. termitarius  HNS  than in either C. hispidus  HNS  or C. termitarius  HNS  , with the fine appressed setae on the first gastric tergite separated by distances much shorter than the length of the setae and overlapping in places.


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