Camponotus posteropilus, Shattuck, S. O., 2005

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: 13

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Camponotus posteropilus

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Camponotus posteropilus  HNS  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.


USA, California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History


Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Canberra City, CSIRO, Australian National Insect Collection


United Kingdom, London, The Natural History Museum [formerly British Museum (Natural History)]


USA, Massachusetts, Cambridge, Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology