Camponotus flavomarginatus

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Camponotus flavomarginatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. flavomarginatus
Binomial name
Camponotus flavomarginatus
Mayr, 1862

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Specimen Labels


Camponotus flavomarginatus is widespread across the African grassland-forest zone (Taylor et al., 2018). Taylor (1978) reported it from Nigeria, where it was fairly common especially on insolated ground, with nests in soil. It forages widely across the ground and on native herbaceous vegetation and trees; also on cocoa (fairly common), cashew, coffee, kola and oil palm. It will tend aphids on cocoa but probably does not build tents. In Benin, Taylor et al. (2018) found it in Mangifera indica (mango) orchards on the ground and on trees, where it was both an antagonist and prey of Oecophylla longinoda. They also report it on the ground at the base of a Eucalyptus, from beating weeds near a river, and while hand collecting from Anacardium occidentale (cashew).



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 20.183333° to -29.76667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Eritrea, Ghana (type locality), Guinea, Kenya, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates.
Palaearctic Region: Oman.

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.


Collingwood and Agosti (1996) – The similar Camponotus jizani is abundant in the lower valleys of south-west Yemen just as it is around Fayfa in Saudi Arabia. Camponotus flavomarginatus seems to be more restricted to the mountains where, as in the Asir mountains and the Sumara and Sangani passes in Yemen, it occurred on rugged land over 2200 m.


This species is a host for the encyrtid wasp Anagyrus lopezi (a parasite) (Universal Chalcidoidea Database) (associate).




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

  • flavomarginatus. Camponotus flavomarginatus Mayr, 1862: 664 (w.) GHANA.
    • Forel, 1907c: 144 (q.m.); Menozzi, 1926a: 38 (q.m.).
    • Combination in C. (Myrmosericus): Santschi, 1916b: 509.
    • As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Forel, 1910c: 271; Forel, 1914d: 254; Santschi, 1914e: 41.
    • Junior synonym of micans: Mayr, 1879: 647; Dalla Torre, 1893: 243.
    • Junior synonym of cinctellus: Forel, 1894b: 70.
    • Subspecies of micans: Emery, 1881b: 526; Forel, 1886f: 174.
    • Subspecies of rufoglaucus: Forel, 1892j: 237; Emery, 1895h: 48 (in key); Emery, 1896d: 372 (in list); Emery, 1897e: 604; Emery, 1899a: 501; Forel, 1907c: 144; Santschi, 1911g: 212; Santschi, 1914d: 381; Santschi, 1916b: 509; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 247, 968; Viehmeyer, 1923: 93; Arnold, 1924: 692; Emery, 1925b: 106; Menozzi, 1926a: 38; Menozzi, 1927f: 361; Menozzi, 1930b: 118; Santschi, 1935a: 279; Santschi, 1935b: 276; Santschi, 1937d: 242; Santschi, 1939f: 167; Weber, 1943c: 337; Arnold, 1947: 136.
    • Status as species: Roger, 1863b: 2; Mayr, 1863: 399; Emery, 1877b: 365; Wilson & Taylor, 1967: 96; Collingwood, 1985: 281; Bolton, 1995b: 100; Collingwood & Agosti, 1996: 373; Collingwood, et al. 2011: 451; Hita Garcia, et al. 2013: 205; Borowiec, L. 2014: 31; Madl, 2019: 14.
    • Senior synonym of albisectus: Emery, 1895h: 48 (in key); Emery, 1896d: 372; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 968; Menozzi, 1930b: 118; Bolton, 1995b: 100.
  • albisectus. Camponotus micans r. albisectus Emery, 1892a: 120 (w.) SOMALIA.
    • Combination in C. (Myrmosericus): Forel, 1914a: 268.
    • Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 221; Forel, 1914a: 268.
    • Junior synonym of flavomarginatus: Emery, 1895h: 48 (in key); Emery, 1896d: 372; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 968; Menozzi, 1930b: 118; Bolton, 1995b: 84.



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