Camponotus compressus

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Camponotus compressus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. compressus
Binomial name
Camponotus compressus
(Fabricius, 1787)

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Specimen Labels


This ant has been observed tending larvae of Lampides boeticus (Obregon et al. 2015).

Photo Gallery

  • Camponotus compressus queen with a small batch of eggs in an artificial nest, India. Photo by Manoj Vembayam.
  • Membaracid bugs and Camponotus compressus, from Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Photo by Kalesh Sadasivan.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: United Arab Emirates.
Indo-Australian Region: Borneo, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines.
Oriental Region: Bangladesh, India (type locality), Nepal.
Palaearctic Region: Canary Islands, China, Liechtenstein.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • compressus. Formica compressa Fabricius, 1787: 307 (w.) INDIA. Smith, F. 1858b: 14 (q.m.); Kumbkarni, 1965: 305 (k.). Combination in Camponotus: Roger, 1863b: 2; in C. (Tanaemyrmex): Emery, 1925b: 98; in C. (Myrmoturba): Santschi, 1929g: 165. Subspecies of rubripes: Forel, 1886f: 143; of maculatus: Emery, 1895k: 473; Emery, 1896d: 371; Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 108. Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 225; Bingham, 1903: 351; Emery, 1920c: 6; Emery, 1925b: 98; Santschi, 1929g: 165; Santschi, 1936c: 207. Senior synonym of indefessa: Jerdon, 1851: 119; of quadrilaterus: Forel, 1892j: 240; of callida: Emery, 1925b: 98. Current subspecies: nominal plus bernardi, martensi, occipitalis, probativus, rectinotus.
  • indefessa. Formica indefessa Sykes, 1835: 104, pl. 13, fig. 6 (w.q.) INDIA. Junior synonym of compressus: Jerdon, 1851: 119.
  • callida. Formica callida Smith, F. 1858b: 18 (w.) INDIA. Combination in Camponotus: Roger, 1863b: 2. Junior synonym of ardens: Mayr, 1886c: 353; of angusticollis: Dalla Torre, 1893: 221; Emery, 1896d: 370; Bingham, 1903: 366; Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 106; of compressus: Roger, 1863b: 2; Emery, 1925b: 98.
  • quadrilaterus. Camponotus quadrilaterus Roger, 1863a: 136 (w.) INDIA. Junior synonym of compressus: Forel, 1892j: 240.



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  • Barsagade, D.D., Tembhare, D.B. & Kadu, S.G. 2013. Microscopic structure of antennal sensilla in the carpenter ant Camponotus compressus (Fabricius) (Formicidae: Hymenoptera). Asian Myrmecology 5, 113-120. PDF
  • Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. (page 351, status as species)
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  • Kumbkarni, C. G. 1965. Cytological studies in Hymenoptera. III. Cytology of parthenogenesis in the formicid ant, Camponotus compressus. Caryologia 18: 305-312 (page 305, karyotype described)
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  • Santschi, F. 1929g. Note additionnelle aux fourmis du Sahara central récoltées par la Mission du Hoggar (février-mars 1928). Bull. Soc. Hist. Nat. Afr. Nord 20: 164-166 (page 165, combination in C. (Myrmoturba), status as species)
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