Camponotus rufonigrus

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Camponotus rufonigrus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. rufonigrus
Binomial name
Camponotus rufonigrus
Shattuck & McArthur, 2002

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Specimen labels

This species is known from a limited number of localities in southern South Australia. Two collections consists of single minor workers, while one (from Cambrai) contains nine minor workers collected at six different times during January and February, 1972. Thus this species has been rarely collected and then generally in small numbers. The limited biological information suggests that this species occurs on sand.


Anterior clypeal margin broadly convex across its entire width. Tibiae and scapes lacking erect hairs; propodeum with more than 10 erect hairs which are scattered along the entire dorsal surface. Petiolar node angular or broadly rounded above, the anterior face at most only slightly shorter than the posterior face. Black head contrasting with red mesonotum.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -31.62222° to -34.65°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • rufonigrus. Camponotus rufonigrus Shattuck & McArthur, 2002: 80, figs. 38-40 (w.) AUSTRALIA (South Australia).
    • Status as species: McArthur, 2007a: 313; McArthur, 2010: 56; McArthur, 2014: 114.

Type Material


Minor worker

Anterior clypeal margin evenly convex, carina strong. Pronotum and mesonotum forming an even convexity, metanotum indistinct, propodeal dorsum concave anteriorly and flat posteriorly, angle rounded, declivity straight, ratio of dorsum to declivity about 1.5. Anterior face of petiolar node flat, short, summit widely rounded, posterior face convex. Dorsal and under surfaces of head, mesosoma, petiole, gaster and coxa with sparse long erect setae. Entire body clothed in fine short indistinct flat lying pubescence. Head, anterior of mesosoma, most of node and gaster dark brown to black, otherwise red-brown.


Minor worker (n=3). CI 0.85 — 0.86; HL 1.37mm — 1.60mm; HW 1.16mm — 1.38mm; ML 2.19mm — 2.59mm; MTL 1.53mm — 1.96mm; PnW 0.98mm — 1.20mm; ST 1.44 — 1.55; SL I .75mm — 2.14mm.


Named after its red and black body colour.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Shattuck S. O., A . J. McArthur. 2002. A taxonomic revision of the Camponotus wiederkehri and perjurus species-groups (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 126: 63-90.