Camponotus mirabilis

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Camponotus mirabilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. mirabilis
Binomial name
Camponotus mirabilis
Emery, 1903

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Specimen Labels

At a Glance • Bamboo Specialist  



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia, Brazil, Peru (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Entrance of C. mirabilis nest in bamboo. Size variation among workers is evident. From Villa Carmen, near Pilcopata, Peru. Photo by Christian Peeters.


Phenotypic variability in C. mirabilis: heads of queen (left) and workers with different body sizes. From Villa Carmen, Peru. Photo by Christian Peeters.


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

  • mirabilis. Camponotus mirabilis Emery, 1903: 80, fig. 15 (q.) PERU. Combination in C. (Myrmomalis): Forel, 1914a: 271; in C. (Myrmostenus): Emery, 1920b: 260. See also: Mackay, 1997: 201.



  • Davidson, D.W., Arias, J.A., Mann, J. 2006. An experimental study of bamboo ants in western Amazonia. Insectes Sociaux 53, 108–114 (DOI: 10.1007/s00040-005-0843-8).
  • Emery, C. 1903. Intorno ad alcune specie di Camponotus dell'America Meridionale. Rend. Sess. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (n.s.) 7: 62-81 (page 80, fig. 15 queen described)
  • Emery, C. 1920b. Le genre Camponotus Mayr. Nouvel essai de la subdivision en sous-genres. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 8: 229-260 (page 260, Combination in C. (Myrmostenus))
  • Forel, A. 1914a. Le genre Camponotus Mayr et les genres voisins. Rev. Suisse Zool. 22: 257-276 (page 271, Combination in C. (Myrmomalis))
  • MacKay, W. P. 1997a. A revision of the Neotropical ants of the genus Camponotus, subgenus Myrmostenus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 99: 194-203 (page 201, see also)