Key to Camponotus kiesenwetteri species group

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This worker key is based on: Salata, S., Loss, A.C., Karaman, C., Kiran, K., Borowiec, L. 2019. Review of the Camponotus kiesenwetteri group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in the Aegean with the description of a new species. ZooKeys 899: 85–107 (doi:10.3897/zookeys.899.46933).

Species of the Camponotus kiesenwetteri group (subgenus Myrmentoma) are primarily found in areas adjacent to the Aegean Sea, i.e., mainland Greece, Crete and other islands, and western Turkey. The range of some species collectively extend the group's range further east (including Cyprus, Lebanon, northern Israel, Iran, and other parts of Turkey) and north (including North Macedonia and Bulgaria).

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  • Mesosoma in lateral view forms a regular arch; metanotal groove absent . . . . . 2
  • Mesosoma in lateral view with shallow metanotal groove . . . . . 4


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  • Legs mostly yellowish to reddish-brown, gaster yellowish-brown. Setation of head, mesosoma, and gaster short and sparse. Eastern, western and central Turkey . . . . . Camponotus aktaci
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  • Legs and gaster mostly brown to black. Setation of head, mesosoma, and gaster long and dense . . . . . 3


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  • Petiolar scale thin, PI > 1.50. Northeastern Greece, Eastern Aegean Islands and western Turkey . . . . . Camponotus aegaeus
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  • Posterior margin of propodeum with well developed, lateral dentate protrusions. Base of antennal scape with extension. Northeastern, eastern and southern Greece and western Turkey . . . . . Camponotus kiesenwetteri
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  • Posterior margin of propodeum without or with weakly developed, indistinct protrusions. Base of antennal scape without or with indistinct extension . . . . . 5


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  • Surface of mesosoma more strongly sculptured, reticulate and granulate with more or less dull background; posterior margin of propodeum sometimes with weakly-developed, indistinct protrusion (Figs 11, 12). Base of antennal scape without extension. Peloponnese, Crete, southern and eastern Aegean islands and western Turkey . . . . . Camponotus boghossiani
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  • Surface of mesosoma weaker sculptured, especially sides of mesosoma appear more or less shiny; posterior margin of propodeum without protrusions. Base of antennal scape with or without extension . . . . . 6


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  • Base of antennal scape with extension (Fig. 3). Petiolar scale thick, PI: 1.26–1.33. Western Turkey . . . . . Camponotus schulzi
Figures 3-4. Antennal scape, major worker 3-Camponotus schulzi 4-Camponotus nitidescens.
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Major worker.
  • Base of antennal scape without extension (Fig. 4). Petiolar scale thin, PI: 1.54– 1.74. Cephalonia Island, western Sterea Ellas and Peloponnese . . . . . Camponotus nitidescens
Major worker.
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