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Distribution maps for California Camponotus species?

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#1 Offline Spencer70 - Posted June 26 2019 - 9:55 AM



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Hi all,


I'm a bit new to keeping ants, and am not an expert on Camponotus species. I am trying to narrow down the I.D. of a queen I collected in Mono County, part of a massive colony in a rotting conifer. Are there any distribution maps available that might help me narrow down the possibilities? I lack any taxonomic keys of the genera. I see there are 18 species recorded in California according to antweb.org.


Thank you,


Spencer Holmes

Brentwood, Calif.


Just starting in this hobby...

One Camponotus quercicola colony

One Liometopum occidentale colony

#2 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 26 2019 - 11:21 AM


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Use antmaps. I go to mono county every year to camp, and I always find C. Modoc everywhere.

Currently keeping:             

Camponotus hyatti (1, single queen, 1 worker.)                     "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." -Theodore Roosevelt

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Currently founding:

---Solenopsis molesta(2 tubes  with five in one and two in the other.  )

---Monomorium cf. minimum(1 queen) Pheidole navigans(9 separate queens) Hypoponera sp. (1 queen)  Nylanderia vividula(1)

Hoping to get soon:Camponotus fragilis,Lasius pallitarsis and brevicornis,Formica argentea,Stigmatomma pallipes/oregonense and Pogonomyrmex californicus.

#3 Offline gcsnelling - Posted June 26 2019 - 4:24 PM



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Camponotus is California is a huge taxonomic mess. Keys may or may not be helpful. Find a copy of the "Ants of Nevada" by the Wheelers, The keys in there will be decent for that area.Do not rely entirely on antweb or antmaps both have their flaws. Also get a copy of the ants of north america by fisher and cover.

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