Camponotus cinereus

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Camponotus cinereus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. cinereus
Binomial name
Camponotus cinereus
Mayr, 1876

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Specimen Labels


A common sight in arid and semi-arid woodlands in southern Australia, where workers scurry swiftly across the ground with their gasters vertically raised. The colour of the workers ranges from black (most commonly) to a rich red. This ant was described from Victoria. (Heterick 2009)


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (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.

  • cinereus. Camponotus cinereus Mayr, 1876: 62 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in C. (Myrmocamelus): Forel, 1913g: 192; Forel, 1914a: 270; in C. (Myrmophyma): Emery, 1920b: 192; Santschi, 1928e: 481. Current subspecies: nominal plus amperei, notterae.

Type Material

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Worker Length.7.5-9mm Ferruginous, in part dark, gaster black, sometimes head more or less black; sparse erect hairs, antennae and limbs not hairy, moderate and fine flat lying pubescence, denser pubescence on the gaster, yellow and fine; mandibles with dispersed punctations weakly curved; head glossy, finely and densely punctate coriaceous; Clypeus with a keel in the middle, the anterior margin in the case of the worker major is emarginate in the middle of its arc; thorax convex above the propodeum angle, the mesonotum and the basal part of the metanotum (= propodeum) almost straight longitudinally; the node on the petiole is thick like a rounded cube; gaster with very dense and fine transverse striations.


  • Emery, C. 1920b. Le genre Camponotus Mayr. Nouvel essai de la subdivision en sous-genres. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 8: 229-260 (combination in C. (Myrmophyma))
  • Forel, A. 1913h. Fourmis de Tasmanie et d'Australie récoltées par MM. Lae, Froggatt etc. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 49: 173-195 (page 192, combination in C. (Myrmocamelus))
  • Forel, A. 1914a. Le genre Camponotus Mayr et les genres voisins. Rev. Suisse Zool. 22: 257-276 (page 270, combination in C. (Myrmocamelus))
  • Heterick, B. E. 2009a. A guide to the ants of South-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 76: 1-206. Part 1 PDF
  • Mayr, G. 1876. Die australischen Formiciden. J. Mus. Godeffroy 12: 56-115 (page 62, worker described)
  • Santschi, F. 1928e. Nouvelles fourmis d'Australie. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 56: 465-483 (page 481, combination in C. (Myrmophyma))