Camponotus chartifex

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Camponotus chartifex
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. chartifex
Binomial name
Camponotus chartifex
(Smith, F., 1860)

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality), Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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This species is a host for the fungus Ophiocordyceps camponoti-chartificis (a pathogen) (Araujo et al., 2018).



The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • chartifex. Formica chartifex Smith, F. 1860c: 68 (w.m.) BRAZIL. Forel, 1899c: 158 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1986d: 337 (l.). Combination in Camponotus: Mayr, 1862: 673; in Dendromyrmex: Emery, 1895j: 772; in C. (Dendromyrmex): Fernández, 2002: 60. Senior synonym of melinoni: Fernández, 2002: 60.
  • melinoni. Dendromyrmex madeirensis var. melinoni Santschi, 1921g: 102 (w.) FRENCH GUIANA. Junior synonym of chartifex: Fernández, 2002: 60.



  • Araújo, J.P.M., Evans, H.C., Kepler, R., Hughes, D.P. 2018. Zombie-ant fungi across continents: 15 new species and new combinations within Ophiocordyceps. I. Myrmecophilous hirsutelloid species. Studies in Mycology 90: 119–160 (DOI 10.1016/j.simyco.2017.12.002).
  • Emery, C. 1895l. Die Gattung Dorylus Fab. und die systematische Eintheilung der Formiciden. Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Geogr. Biol. Tiere 8: 685-778 (page 772, Combination in Dendromyrmex)
  • Fernández, F. 2002a. Revisión de las hormigas Camponotus subgénero Dendromyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Pap. Avulsos Zool. (São Paulo) 42: 47-101 (page 60, Combination in C. (Dendromyrmex) and senior synonym of melinoni)
  • Forel, A. 1899i. Formicidae. [concl.]. Biol. Cent.-Am. Hym. 3: 137-160 (page 158, queen described)
  • Mayr, G. 1862. Myrmecologische Studien. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 12: 649-776 (page 673, Combination in Camponotus)
  • Smith, F. 1860c. Descriptions of new genera and species of exotic Hymenoptera. J. Entomol. 1: 65-84 (page 68, worker, male described)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1986d. Supplementary studies on ant larvae: Formicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 94: 331-341 (page 337, larva described)