Camponotus atlantis hesperius

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Camponotus atlantis hesperius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. atlantis
Subspecies: C. atlantis hesperius
Trinomial name
Camponotus atlantis hesperius
Emery, 1893

This big and beautiful shining species is usually found from mid to high altitude, up to 1300 m, the lowest point at 200 m. Usually soil nesting, it can be found under stones also in very humid spots on volcanic charcoal. (Espadaler 2007)



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Canary Islands (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.

  • hesperius. Camponotus maculatus r. hesperius Emery, 1893c: 85 (s.w.q.) SPAIN (Canary Is). Combination in C. (Myrmoturba): Forel, 1914a: 267; in C. (Tanaemyrmex): Emery, 1925b: 91. [Misspelled as hesperinus by Forel, 1893d: 464.] Raised to species: Emery, 1920b: 255. Subspecies of pallens: Emery, 1920c: 7; of atlantis: Emery, 1925b: 91; Wheeler, W.M. 1927g: 115; of alii: Santschi, 1939d: 84. Currently subspecies of atlantis: Barquin, 1981: 397; Hohmann, La Roche, et al., 1993: 160.



  • Barquín, J. 1981. Las hormigas de Canarias. Taxonomía, ecología y distribución de los Formicidae. Colecc. Monogr. (Secr. Publ. Univ. La Laguna) 3: 1-584 (page 397, Subspecies of atlantis)
  • Emery, C. 1893e. Voyage de M. Ch. Alluaud aux îles Canaries. Formicides. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 62: 81-88 (page 85, soldier, worker, queen described)
  • Emery, C. 1920b. Le genre Camponotus Mayr. Nouvel essai de la subdivision en sous-genres. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 8: 229-260 (page 255, Raised to species)
  • Emery, C. 1920d. Studi sui Camponotus. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 52: 3-48 (page 7, Subspecies of pallens)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 91, Combination in C. (Tanaemyrmex), Subspecies of atlantis)
  • Espadaler, X. 2007. The ants of El Hierro (Canary Islands). Pages 113-127 in R. R. Snelling, B. L. Fisher, and P. S. Ward, editors. Advances in ant systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): homage to E. O. Wilson - 50 years of contributions. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute, Gainesville, FL. 80:690 pp.
  • Forel, A. 1914a. Le genre Camponotus Mayr et les genres voisins. Rev. Suisse Zool. 22: 257-276 (page 267, Combination in C. (Myrmoturba))
  • Hohmann, H.; La Roche, F.; Ortega, G.; Barquín, J. 1993. Bienen, Wespen und Ameisen der Kanarischen Inseln. Veröff. Überseemus. Bremen Naturwiss. 12: 14-712 (page 160, Subspecies of atlantis)
  • Santschi, F. 1939d. Notes sur des Camponotus et autres fourmis de l'Afrique Mineure. Bull. Soc. Sci. Nat. Maroc 19: 66-87 (page 84, Subspecies of alii)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1927g. The ants of the Canary Islands. Proc. Am. Acad. Arts Sci. 62: 93-120 (page 115, Subspecies of atlantis)