Calomyrmex laevissimus

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Calomyrmex laevissimus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Calomyrmex
Species: C. laevissimus
Binomial name
Calomyrmex laevissimus
(Smith, F., 1859)

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality), New Guinea.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • laevissimus. Formica laevissima Smith, F. 1859a: 138 (w.) INDONESIA (Aru Is).
    • [Misspelled as levissima by Roger, 1863b: 10, Dalla Torre, 1893: 238.]
    • Mayr, 1897: 435 (q.).
    • Combination in Colobopsis: Roger, 1863b: 10;
    • combination in Camponotus: Mayr, 1867a: 39;
    • combination in Camponotus (Calomyrmex): Mayr, 1897: 435;
    • combination in Calomyrmex: Emery, 1895j: 772.
    • Status as species: Smith, F. 1860b: 94; Smith, F. 1863: 13; Mayr, 1863: 416; Roger, 1863b: 10; Mayr, 1867a: 39 (redescription); Smith, F. 1871a: 307; Mayr, 1886c: 361; Emery, 1887a: 221; Dalla Torre, 1893: 238; Emery, 1896d: 378 (in list); Mayr, 1897: 435; Viehmeyer, 1912: 8; Viehmeyer, 1913: 147; Viehmeyer, 1914c: 532; Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 105; Emery, 1925b: 175; Karavaiev, 1929c: 244; Donisthorpe, 1932c: 452; Donisthorpe, 1943d: 459; Chapman & Capco, 1951: 220; Bolton, 1995b: 83.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus trochanteralis.

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

Formica laevissima

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Aru 28.” Also present in Oxford University Museum of Natural History are two workers from “Wag.” and one each from “Gil. S” and “Bac.”



  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 83, catalogue)
  • Emery, C. 1895l. Die Gattung Dorylus Fab. und die systematische Eintheilung der Formiciden. Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Geogr. Biol. Tiere 8: 685-778 (page 772, combination in Calomyrmex)
  • Mayr, G. 1867a. Adnotationes in monographiam formicidarum Indo-Neerlandicarum. Tijdschr. Entomol. 10: 33-117 (page 39, combination in Camponotus)
  • Mayr, G. 1897. Formiciden aus Ceylon und Singapur. Természetr. Füz. 20: 420-436 (page 435, queen described)
  • Smith, F. 1859a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace at the islands of Aru and Key. [part]. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 3: 132-158 (page 138, worker described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • CSIRO Collection
  • Donisthorpe, Horace. 1943. The Ants of Waigeu Island, North Dutch New Guinea. The Annals and Magazine of Natural History 11 (10): 433-475.
  • Emery C. 1886. Saggio di un catalogo sistematico dei generi Camponotus, Polyrhachis e affini. Memorie della Reale Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna 5: 363-382
  • Emery C. 1887. Catalogo delle formiche esistenti nelle collezioni del Museo Civico di Genova. Parte terza. Formiche della regione Indo-Malese e dell'Australia. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 24(4): 209-258.
  • Emery, C. "Catalogo delle formiche esistenti nelle collezioni del Museo Civico di Genova. Parte terza. Formiche della regione Indo-Malese e dell'Australia." Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria (Genova) (2) 4, no. 24 (1887): 209-258.
  • Janda M., G. D. Alpert, M. L. Borowiec, E. P. Economo, P. Klimes, E. Sarnat, and S. O. Shattuck. 2011. Cheklist of ants described and recorded from New Guinea and associated islands. Available on Accessed on 24th Feb. 2011.
  • Smith F. 1863. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace in the islands of Mysol, Ceram, Waigiou, Bouru and Timor. Journal and Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London. Zoology 7: 6-48.
  • Smith, Fr. "Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace in the Islands of Bachian, Kaisaa, Amboyna, Gilolo, and at Dory in New Guinea." Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology 5 (1860): 93-143.
  • Snelling R. R. 1998. Insect Part 1: The social Hymenoptera. In Mack A. L. (Ed.) A Biological Assessment of the Lakekamu Basin, Papua New Guinea, RAP 9. 189 ppages
  • Viehmeyer H. 1912. Ameisen aus Deutsch Neuguinea gesammelt von Dr. O. Schlaginhaufen. Nebst einem Verzeichnisse der papuanischen Arten. Abhandlungen und Berichte des Königlichen Zoologischen und Anthropologische-Ethnographischen Museums zu Dresden 14: 1-26.
  • Viehmeyer H. 1913. Ameisen aus dem Kopal von Celebes. Stettiner Entomologische Zeitung 74: 141-155.
  • Viehmeyer H. 1914. Papuanische Ameisen. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 1914: 515-535.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1919. The ants of Borneo. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 63:43-147.
  • Wilson E. O. 1959. Some ecological characteristics of ants in New Guinea rain forests. Ecology 40: 437-447.