Calomyrmex purpureus

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Calomyrmex purpureus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Calomyrmex
Species: C. purpureus
Binomial name
Calomyrmex purpureus
(Mayr, 1876)

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Specimen Labels


Photo Gallery

  • Calomyrmex purpureus worker carrying one of its nestmates while moving to a new nest site. Scotia Sanctuary, New South Wales. Photo by Ajay Narendra.



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -33.19138889° to -33.19138889°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.


Association with Other Organisms

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This species is a host for the eucharitid wasp Stilbuloida calomyrmecis (a parasite) (Universal Chalcidoidea Database) (primary host).


Images from AntWeb

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Syntype of Calomyrmex purpureusWorker. Specimen code casent0910763. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MHNG, Geneva, Switzerland.


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

  • purpureus. Camponotus purpureus Mayr, 1876: 62 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Queensland).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Queensland, Peak Downs (no collector’s name).
    • Type-depository: NHMW.
    • Combination in Calomyrmex: Emery, 1896d: 378.
    • Subspecies of splendidus: Forel, 1910b: 83; Wheeler, W.M. 1915g: 820; Emery, 1925b: 175.
    • Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 248; Emery, 1896d: 378 (in list); Emery, 1898a: 227; Forel, 1902h: 507; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 109; Taylor, 1987a: 10; Bolton, 1995b: 83.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus smaragdinus.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Taylor R. W. 1987. A checklist of the ants of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Entomology Report 41: 1-92.