Camponotus incensus

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Camponotus incensus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. incensus
Binomial name
Camponotus incensus
Wheeler, W.M., 1932

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: United States (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • incensus. Camponotus (Tanaemyrmex) incensus Wheeler, W.M. 1932a: 14 (s.w.) U.S.A.
    • Status as species: Creighton, 1950a: 376; Smith, M.R. 1951a: 843; Smith, D.R. 1979: 1429; Bolton, 1995b: 104.

Type Material

  • Syntype, 1 major and 2 minor workers, Pigeon Key, near Miami, Florida, United States, 6 May 1904, Wheeler, W.M..

Taxonomic Notes

It is likely this taxon is a synonym of Camponotus inaequalis (or its junior synonym Camponotus maculatus tortuganus) but until this entire group of species is revised its true status will remain unclear.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Minor Length.6.3 mm.

Very similar to the minor of tortuganus but much smaller and paler, the epinotum distinctly more angulate in profile, the base straight and nearly concave, the declivity very short. Thorax paler than in tortuganus, front, clypeus and cheeks anteriorly yellow, mandibles brownish yellow; gaster colored like that of the major.

Major Length about 7 mm.

Resembling tortuganus but much smaller; (the latter measures 10-11 mm.) head of the same shape but proportionally shorter, with more acute anterolateral clypeal angles, more nearly straight, crenated anterior clypeal border, less impressed frontal area, posteriorly more approximated frontal carinae and somewhat shorter and more compressed antennal scapes. Thorax distinctly shorter with more convex and more even dorsal curvature, broader through the pronotum, which is less flattened above; base of epinotum forming a more distinct angle with the declivity. Grooves of the hind tibiae less distinct. Surface of body less sharply shagreened, so that the surface, especially of the occiput, posterior corners of the head and the thorax distinctly smoother and more shining. Cheeks and sides of head with sparse but shallow, elongate foveolae or coarse punctures, occiput with a radiating series of linear punctures and dorsal surface of pronotum with several similar impressions. Pilosity as in tortuganus, but paler yellow and pubescent on legs shorter. Color similar but the thorax is paler and more yellowish and the occiput and posterior corners of the head are paler, reddish brown. Gaster brown, paler than in tortuganus, the segments with a narrow dark brown hand near the pale posterior border.