Camponotus subtilis

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Camponotus subtilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. subtilis
Binomial name
Camponotus subtilis
(Smith, F., 1860)

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Specimen Labels



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (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.

  • subtilis. Formica subtilis Smith, F. 1860b: 94 (s.w.) INDONESIA (Batjan I.). Combination in Camponotus: Roger, 1863b: 4; in C. (Myrmamblys): Forel, 1914a: 272; in C. (Tanaemyrmex): Donisthorpe, 1932c: 459.

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Formica subtilis


Smith described subtilis as major and minor workers of a single species. Of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History material, one major and one minor represent a species of what is now Camponotus, but the remaining two “minors” are in fact workers of Formica gracillipes F. Smith (now in Anoplolepis). Donisthorpe (1932c: 459) thought that Smith’s major and minor referred to the two specimens of Camponotus, but in the original description Smith says, “antennae very slender, and longer than the body; the legs very long, the posterior pair nearly twice the length of the body.” This can only apply to the gracilipes specimens. All the specimens are labelled as “F. subtilis” by Smith. Those belonging in Camponotus are labelled “Bac. 34”, while the specimens that are properly gracilipes are “Bac. 12.” First revisor will have to resolve this. For the present the gracilipes specimens have been labeled, “F. subtilis F. Smith, part of mixed type-series; for other part see under Camponotus.”



  • Donisthorpe, H. 1932c. On the identity of Smith's types of Formicidae (Hymenoptera) collected by Alfred Russell Wallace in the Malay Archipelago, with descriptions of two new species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 10(10): 441-476 (page 459, Combination in C. (Tanaemyrmex))
  • Forel, A. 1914a. Le genre Camponotus Mayr et les genres voisins. Rev. Suisse Zool. 22: 257-276 (page 272, Combination in C. (Myrmamblys))
  • Roger, J. 1863b. Verzeichniss der Formiciden-Gattungen und Arten. Berl. Entomol. Z. 7(B Beilage: 1-65 (page 4, Combination in Camponotus)
  • Smith, F. 1860b. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace in the islands of Bachian, Kaisaa, Amboyna, Gilolo, and at Dory in New Guinea. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 5(17b)(suppl. to vol. 4 4: 93-143 (page 94, soldier, worker described)