Camponotus arboreus

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

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Specimen labels


Schmid et al. (2014) found this ant nesting in infructescences (the stem and remains of buds and fruits above the level of the water reservoir in the rosette) of the bromeliad Vriesea friburgensis on Santa Catarina Island, Brazil.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality), Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay.

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.

  • arboreus. Formica arborea Smith, F. 1858b: 44 (w.) BRAZIL. Combination in Camponotus: Mayr, 1862: 666; in C. (Myrmobrachys): Kempf, 1965: 186. Senior synonym of adpressisetosus: Kempf, 1965: 186.
  • adpressisetosus. Camponotus adpressisetosus Forel, 1879a: 101 (s.) BRAZIL. Combination in C. (Myrmobrachys): Forel, 1914a: 270. See also: Mann, 1916: 480. Junior synonym of arboreus: Kempf, 1965: 186.



  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 86, catalogue)
  • Kempf, W. W. 1965. Nota preliminar sôbre algumas formigas neotrópicas, descritas por Frederick Smith (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Rev. Bras. Biol. 25: 181-186 (page 186, combination in C. (Myrmobrachys), and senior synonym of adpressisetosus)
  • Mayr, G. 1862. Myrmecologische Studien. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 12: 649-776 (page 66, combination in Camponotus)
  • Schmid V.S., Langner S., Steiner J. and Zillikens A. 2014. Inflorescences of the Bromeliad Vriesea friburgensis as Nest Sites and Food Resources for Ants and Other Arthropods in Brazil. Psyche. 2014:Article ID 396095. 9 pp. doi:10.1155/2014/396095
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 44, worker described)