Camponotus densopilus

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Camponotus densopilus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. densopilus
Binomial name
Camponotus densopilus
Shattuck, 2005

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Specimen Labels

This type material was found in rainforest and consisted of foragers from a log.


Shattuck (2005) - Minor. Enlarged hairs on pronotum present, yellow and covering the entire dorsal surface; pubescence on dorsum of head thin and widely spaced.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -3.233333333° to -3.233333333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia, New Guinea (type locality).

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.

  • densopilus. Camponotus densopilus Shattuck, 2005: 8 figs. 7-12 (s.w.) NEW GUINEA (Indonesia: Irian Jaya).
    • Status as species: Shattuck & Janda, 2009: 252 (in key).

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



Minor (n=3): CI 90–93, HL 1.73–2.06 mm, HW 1.56–1.91 mm, ML 2.87–3.00 mm, MTL 1.99–2.17 mm, SI 128–146, SL 2.27–2.45 mm. Major worker (n=2): CI 101–105, HL 2.54–3.16 mm, HW 2.56–3.31 mm, ML 3.19–4.47 mm, MTL 2.17–2.28 mm, SI 71–90, SL 2.31–2.36 mm.

Minor. Posterolateral margin of head angular, the dorsal surface weakly convex, the lateral surface weakly concave (more so in smaller workers, less so in larger workers), a ridge running from the eye to the posterolateral corner. Petiolar node tapering dorsally into a blunt angle. Individual erect hairs scattered on dorsum of mesosoma, petiole and gaster; enlarged yellow hairs present on dorsal surface of pronotum; pubescence thin and scattered across entire body. Colour black, legs red-black.

Major. Differing from minor worker in the enlarged head, higher, more angular propodeum and overall larger size. Other characters as in minor worker.

Type Material

Holotype worker and 17 worker paratypes from PT. Freeport Concession, Wapoga camp, 3,800ft., 3°14’S 136°57’E, Irian Jaya, Indonesia, 20 April 1998, R. R. Snelling, montane primary rainforest, foragers running on log (holotype and 11 paratypes in Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, 2 paratypes in Australian National Insect Collection, 2 paratypes in The Natural History Museum, 2 paratypes in Museum of Comparative Zoology).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Janda M., G. D. Alpert, M. L. Borowiec, E. P. Economo, P. Klimes, E. Sarnat, and S. O. Shattuck. 2011. Cheklist of ants described and recorded from New Guinea and associated islands. Available on Accessed on 24th Feb. 2011.
  • Shattuck S. O. 2005. Review of the Camponotus aureopilus species group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), including a second Camponotus with a metapleural gland. Zootaxa 930: 1-20.