Camponotus camelinus

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Camponotus camelinus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. camelinus
Binomial name
Camponotus camelinus
(Smith, F., 1857)

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Specimen Labels




Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 24.00408° to 4.533333333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore (type locality).
Oriental Region: India, Laos, Thailand.

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.





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

  • camelinus. Formica camelina Smith, F. 1857a: 57 (w.) SINGAPORE.
    • Bingham, 1903: 373 (s.q.).
    • Combination in Camponotus: Roger, 1863b: 3;
    • combination in C. (Myrmosphincta): Forel, 1912i: 92; Emery, 1920b: 256;
    • combination in C. (Myrmocamelus): Forel, 1914a: 270;
    • combination in C. (Myrmosaulus): Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 705.
    • Subspecies of singularis: Emery, 1887a: 210; André, 1892b: 47.
    • Subspecies of cinerascens: Dalla Torre, 1893: 224.
    • Status as species: Smith, F. 1858b: 23; Mayr, 1863: 412; Roger, 1863b: 3; Smith, F. 1865: 68; Smith, F. 1871a: 305; Forel, 1892j: 232; Emery, 1895g: 355; Emery, 1896d: 373 (in list); Emery, 1900d: 705; Bingham, 1903: 373; Forel, 1905c: 26; Forel, 1911d: 391; Forel, 1912i: 92; Forel, 1913k: 130; Viehmeyer, 1916a: 162; Wheeler, 1919e: 111; Crawley, 1924: 406; Santschi, 1924c: 114; Emery, 1925b: 113; Stitz, 1925: 126; Santschi, 1928h: 132; Karavaiev, 1929c: 238; Menozzi, 1930a: 4; Donisthorpe, 1932c: 444; Chapman & Capco, 1951: 238; Bolton, 1995b: 90; Mathew & Tiwari, 2000: 353; Jaitrong & Nabhitabhata, 2005: 14; Karmaly & Narendran, 2006: 53; Pfeiffer, et al. 2011: 36; Bharti, Guénard, et al. 2016: 23; Jaitrong, Guénard, et al. 2016: 26.
    • Senior synonym of senilis: Forel, 1892j: 232; Dalla Torre, 1893: 224; Emery, 1895g: 355; Emery, 1896d: 373; Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 112; Emery, 1925b: 113; Santschi, 1928h: 132; Bolton, 1995b: 90; Karmaly & Narendran, 2006: 54.
  • senilis. Camponotus senilis Mayr, 1862: 675, pl. 19, fig. 3 (w.) BORNEO (no state data).
    • [Misspelled as senitis by Chapman & Capco, 1951: 238.]
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1863: 401; Smith, F. 1871a: 306.
    • Junior synonym of singularis: Roger, 1863b: 3; Mayr, 1867a: 39; Mayr, 1872: 138.
    • Junior synonym of camelinus: Forel, 1892j: 232; Dalla Torre, 1893: 224; Emery, 1895g: 355; Emery, 1896d: 373; Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 112; Emery, 1925b: 113; Santschi, 1928h: 132; Bolton, 1995b: 123; Karmaly & Narendran, 2006: 54.

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

Formica camelina

Two worker syntypes in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “SING 2.” Another specimen is present, from Sumatra.



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