Camponotus JTL-041 Longino ms

Formicinae, Formicidae, Hymenoptera, Insecta, Arthropoda, Animalia

worker lateral view

worker face view

major lateral view

major face view


Costa Rica: Atlantic lowlands, Nicoya Peninsula.


Minor worker: propodeum very narrow, in cross section tectiform (tent-like, like an inverted "V"), without a distinct angle separating lateral and dorsal faces; WL of typical minor workers around 1.7mm; mesosoma evenly arched in lateral view; mesosoma red brown, lighter on pronotum than on mesonotum and propodeum; gaster with large ivory spots rimmed in brown.

Major worker: note broader shiny gibbosity on face compared to claviscapus.

Similar species: claviscapus.

Natural History

This poorly known species is morphologically very similar to C. claviscapus. It has been collected in two canopy fogging samples from La Selva Biological Station. I also collected workers during a visit to Curu Wildlife Refuge at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. I was collecting at night along the trail that skirts the south side of the estuary. I found a trunk of a large guacimo (Guazuma ulmifolia) tree on which were streaming enormous numbers of Azteca workers. Workers of this Camponotus species were running among the Azteca workers. Could there be a special relationship with Azteca?

Page author:

John T. Longino, The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA 98505

Date of this version: 22 January 2002
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