FormicidaeFormicidae Index Ants Camponotus aurocinctus Camponotus consobrinus (Banded Sugar Ant) Camponotus inflatus (Honey Ant) Dolichoderus doriae (Dolly Ant) Leptomyrmex erythrocephalus (Red-headed Spider Ant) Myrmecia brevinoda (Nocturnal Bull Ant) Myrmecia nigrocincta (Jumping Jack Ant) Myrmecia pilosula (Jack Jumper Ant) Myrmecia pyriformis (Inch Ant) Myrmecia rubripes (Bullant) Notoncus spinisquamis Oecophylla smaragdina (Green Tree Ant) Rhytidoponera aspera Rhytidoponera metallica (Green-head Ant)

The species Camponotus aurocinctus is endemic to Australia, , with the largest number of observations in South Australia. A ground ensting ant species, with a preference for sandy soil.

Camponotus aurocinctus, Leinster WA © Jean and Fred Hort
Camponotus aurocinctus, Leinster WA © Jean and Fred Hort

They are seen foraging during the day, on the ground and low vegetation.

Camponotus aurocinctus, Leinster WA © Jean and Fred Hort
Camponotus aurocinctus, Leinster WA © Jean and Fred Hort

C. aurocinctus can be identified within this group be having the following characters:

Tibiae lacking erect hairs. In minors, metanotal groove depressed below the level of the anterior region of the propodeum; dorsal surface of petiolar node relatively long and flat, its anterior face much shorter than the posterior face. Mesosoma uniform in colour, varying from dark red-black to black, anterior region of first gastral tergite similar in colour to propodeum, gastral tergites often with the trailing edge golden yellow, the golden colour (when present) varying in width from a narrow band to involving most of the tergite.

Source: Camponotus aurocinctus, AntWiki3
Camponotus aurocinctus, Leinster WA © Jean and Fred Hort
Camponotus aurocinctus, Leinster WA © Jean and Fred Hort

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Superfamily: Verspoidea
  • Family: Formicidae
  • Subfamily: Formicinae
  • Tribe: Camponotini
  • Genus: Camponotus
  • Species: Camponotus aurocinctus

Footnote & References

  1. Camponotus aurocinctus, Photographs © Jean and Fred Hort, Flickr
  2. Camponotus aurocinctus (Smith, 1858), Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/c3d65f86-79e6-42ef-a45e-ac22394d6ec4
  3. Camponotus aurocinctus, AntWiki, https://www.antwiki.org/wiki/Camponotus_aurocinctus
  4. Camponotus aurocinctus, Mark Newton, Wild South Australia, https://www.wildsouthaustralia.info/Insects/Formicidae-Ants/Camponotus-Carpenter-ants/Camponotus-aurocinctus

FormicidaeFormicidae Index Ants Camponotus aurocinctus Camponotus consobrinus (Banded Sugar Ant) Camponotus inflatus (Honey Ant) Dolichoderus doriae (Dolly Ant) Leptomyrmex erythrocephalus (Red-headed Spider Ant) Myrmecia brevinoda (Nocturnal Bull Ant) Myrmecia nigrocincta (Jumping Jack Ant) Myrmecia pilosula (Jack Jumper Ant) Myrmecia pyriformis (Inch Ant) Myrmecia rubripes (Bullant) Notoncus spinisquamis Oecophylla smaragdina (Green Tree Ant) Rhytidoponera aspera Rhytidoponera metallica (Green-head Ant)

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