Camponotus kiesenwetteri

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Camponotus kiesenwetteri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Myrmentoma
Species group: kiesenwetteri
Species: C. kiesenwetteri
Binomial name
Camponotus kiesenwetteri
(Roger, 1859)

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Specimen Labels


The species inhabits dry grassy areas and thin forests, building nests in soil, often under rocks (Radchenko 1997).


Salata et al. (2019) - A member of the Camponotus kiesenwetteri species group. Head, mesosoma, and gaster uniformly black; metanotal groove present, shallow; propodeum with distinct dentate protrusions; body densely punctate, appears dull; base of scape with extension; whole body bears long, thick, pale, dense and erect setae, and short appressed microsetae; petiolar scale thick.

The species can be easily separated by the following combination of characters: strongly sculptured body, mesosoma with metanotal groove and posterior margin of propodeum with distinct dentate protrusions, and antennal scape with distinct basal extension. Camponotus nitidescens and Camponotus schulzi both differ in having a partly shiny body, and Camponotus boghossiani differs in having a propodeum without apical protrusions and an antennal scape without basal extension.

Keys including this Species


Salata et al. (2019) - Greece: Attica, North Aegean Islands, South Aegean Islands (Cyclades, Dodecanese), Central Greece, Crete (Chania, Heraklion, Lasithi, Rethymno), Ionian Islands, Central Macedonia, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Peloponnese; Cyprus; Turkey: Balıkesir, İzmir and Muğla.

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 40.8725° to 27.84436°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Cyprus (type locality), Greece (type locality), Iran, Turkey.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

Check data from AntWeb


See the Camponotus kiesenwetteri species group page for information about the biology of C. kiesenwetteri.



Salata et al. 2019. Figure 13-14. Camponotus kiesenwetteri major (17) and minor (18).


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • kiesenwetteri. Formica (Hypoclinea) kiesenwetteri Roger, 1859: 241 (w.m.) (m. excluded, see Mayr, 1861: 39) GREECE (Zakynthos (= Zante) I.).
    • [Misspelled as kiesenvetteri by André, 1874: 178 (in key).]
    • Forel, 1886e: clxi (q.m.).
    • Combination in Camponotus: Mayr, 1861: 36 (in key);
    • combination in C. (Orthonotomyrmex): Forel, 1914a: 273; Santschi, 1921f: 310;
    • combination in C. (Myrmentoma): Forel, 1912i: 92; Emery, 1925b: 121.
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1861: 36 (in key); Roger, 1861b: 164; Mayr, 1863: 399; Roger, 1863b: 1; André, 1874: 178 (in key); Emery & Forel, 1879: 449; Forel, 1879a: 94; André, 1882a: 150 (in key); Forel, 1886e: clx; Forel, 1889: 260; Dalla Torre, 1893: 237; Emery, 1894j: 10; Emery, 1896d: 376 (in list); Forel, 1910a: 23; Forel, 1911d: 355; Emery, 1915h: 2; Emery, 1925b: 121; Menozzi, 1936d: 304; Hamann & Klemm, 1976: 677; Aktaç, 1977: 126; Agosti & Collingwood, 1987a: 58; Agosti & Collingwood, 1987b: 283 (in key); Collingwood, 1993b: 195; Bolton, 1995b: 106; Radchenko, 1996b: 1197 (in key); Radchenko, 1997b: 705; Petrov, 2006: 108 (in key); Legakis, 2011: 31; Karaman, C. et al. 2011: 189; Borowiec, L. & Salata, 2012: 477; Kiran & Karaman, 2012: 7; Karaman, C. & Aktaç, 2013: 50 (in key); Borowiec, L. 2014: 35 (see note in bibliography); Lebas, et al. 2016: 136; Borowiec, L. & Salata, 2018: 4; Salata & Borowiec, 2018c: 43; Salata, Loss, et al. 2019: 92.
    • Senior synonym of cypria: Salata, Loss, et al. 2019: 92.
  • cypria. Camponotus (Orthonotomyrmex) kiesenwetteri var. cypria Emery, 1920c: 26 (w.) CYPRUS.
    • Combination in C. (Myrmentoma): Emery, 1925b: 121.
    • Subspecies of kiesenwetteri: Emery, 1925b: 121; Bolton, 1995b: 95.
    • Junior synonym of kiesenwetteri: Salata, Loss, et al. 2019: 92.

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

Taxonomic Notes

Seifert (2019): This taxon has been described from Greece. The type specimen depicted in under FOCOL2486 shows a much stronger, more reticulate-foveolate sculpture and much denser pubescence on all body surfaces than observed in any member of the C. lateralis group. This results in a matte surface appearance at smaller magnifications. Yet, C. kiesenwetteri is certainly related to this group considering several body shape characters.


Type Material

Salata et al. (2019) - Syntype workers, Greece (Berlin Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universität) [Syntype workers of Formica (Hypoclinea) kiesenwetteri, AntWeb, (FOCOL2486 and FOCOL2487)


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