Camponotus aberrans

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Camponotus aberrans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Phasmomyrmex
Species: C. aberrans
Binomial name
Camponotus aberrans
Mayr, 1895

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Specimen Labels



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 6.15° to -2.315°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Ghana (type locality), Nigeria, Uganda.

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 fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (a parasitoid) (Quevillon, 2018) (encounter mode primary; direct transmission; transmission outside nest).
  • This species is a host for the fungus Ophiocordyceps unilateralis (a pathogen) in Africa (Shrestha et al., 2017).


Images from AntWeb

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Worker. Specimen code casent0250082. Photographer Peter Hawkes, uploaded by Curator Peter Hawkes AFRC. Owned by AFRC, Pretoria, South Africa.
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Male (alate). Specimen code casent0903475. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by NHMUK, London, UK.
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Worker. Specimen code casent0905182. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MSNG, Genoa, Italy.


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

  • aberrans. Camponotus aberrans Mayr, 1895: 152 (q.) GHANA.
    • Santschi, 1915c: 264 (w.).
    • Combination in C. (Myrmorhachis): Forel, 1914a: 274; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 707;
    • combination in C. (Myrmacantha): Emery, 1920b: 246;
    • combination in Phasmomyrmex (Myrmacantha): Emery, 1925b: 58;
    • combination in Camponotus (Phasmomyrmex): Ward, et al. 2016: 349.
    • Status as species: Emery, 1896d: 376 (in list); Santschi, 1910c: 393; Santschi, 1915c: 264; Emery, 1920c: 30; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 987; Emery, 1925b: 58; Bolton, 1995b: 316.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Emery C. 1920. Studi sui Camponotus. Bullettino della Società Entomologica Italiana 52: 3-48.
  • Majer J. D. 1976. The ant mosaic in Ghana cocoa farms: further structural considerations. Journal of Applied Ecology 13: 145-155.
  • Santschi F. 1910. Formicides nouveaux ou peu connus du Congo français. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 78: 349-400.
  • Santschi F. 1915. Nouvelles fourmis d'Afrique. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 84: 244-282.
  • Tadu Z., C. Djieto-Lordon, R. Babin, Yede, E. B. Messop-Youbi, and A. Fomena. 2013. Influence of insecticide treatment on ant diversity in tropical agroforestry system: some aspect of the recolonization process. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 5(12): 832-844.
  • Taylor B. 1978. Ants of the Nigerian Forest Zone (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). II. Formicinae, Dolichoderinae. Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria Research Bulletin 5: 1-57.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 711-1004