Camponotus piliventris

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Camponotus piliventris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. piliventris
Binomial name
Camponotus piliventris
(Smith, F., 1858)

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Specimen Labels



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

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.

  • piliventris. Formica piliventris Smith, F. 1858b: 39 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in Camponotus: Roger, 1863b: 4. Junior synonym of suffusus: Mayr, 1886c: 355. Revived from synonymy: McArthur, 2007a: 320. See also: McArthur, 2010: 88.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Worker. Length 5« lines(= 11 mm). Very variable in color: head obscurely black; thorax, legs and abdomen black, or with the head and the thorax obscurely red; sometimes black with only the legs red. Head large, much wider than the thorax, the mandibles with coarse longitudinal irregular striae; the clypeus subcarinate; the head and thorax very delicately shagreened; the thorax rounded in front, much compressed behind, with the metathorax obliquely truncated. Abdomen obscurely cupreous and clothed with a short pale golden pubescence; the scale narrow, incrassate, narrowed to the upper margin, which is very faintly notched.

Hab. South Australia.


  • Mayr, G. 1886c. Notizen über die Formiciden-Sammlung des British Museum in London. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 36: 353-368 (page 355, Junior synonym of suffusus)
  • McArthur, A.J. 2007a. A key to Camponotus Mayr of Australia. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80: 290-351.
  • McArthur, A.J. 2010. A guide to Camponotus ants of South Australia: 121 pp. South Australian Museum.
  • Roger, J. 1863b. Verzeichniss der Formiciden-Gattungen und Arten. Berl. Entomol. Z. 7(B Beilage: 1-65 (page 4, Combination in Camponotus)
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 39, worker described)