Camponotus indianus

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Camponotus indianus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. indianus
Binomial name
Camponotus indianus
Forel, 1879


Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 21.14527778° to -0.2145°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Colombia (type locality), Panama, Peru.

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.



This species is a host for the fungus Ophiocordyceps camponoti-indiani (a pathogen) (Araujo et al., 2018; Shrestha et al., 2017).



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

  • indianus. Camponotus sylvaticus r. indianus Forel, 1879a: 68 (s.w.q.) COLOMBIA.
    • Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1953e: 197 (l.).
    • Combination in C. (Tanaemyrmex): Emery, 1925b: 82.
    • Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 236.
    • Subspecies of rubripes: Forel, 1886f: 143.
    • Subspecies of maculatus: Emery, in Dalla Torre, 1893: 236, 241 (footnote); Emery, 1896d: 371 (in list); Forel, 1899c: 134 (footnote); Forel, 1902b: 171; Forel, 1904d: 177; Forel, 1912i: 70; Forel, 1914e: 13.
    • Subspecies of simillimus: Santschi, 1922c: 101; Emery, 1925b: 82; Santschi, 1936b: 206; Kempf, 1972a: 72; Bolton, 1995b: 105; Mackay & Delsinne, 2009: 496 (in key); Guénard & Economo, 2015: 227.
    • Status as species: Mackay & Mackay, 2019: 761.



  • 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).
  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 263, Raised to species)
  • Emery, C. 1896j. Saggio di un catalogo sistematico dei generi Camponotus, Polyrhachis e affini. Mem. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (5)5:363-382 (page 371, Race/subspecies of maculatus)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 82, Combination in C. (Tanaemyrmex))
  • Forel, A. 1879a. Études myrmécologiques en 1879 (deuxième partie [1re partie en 1878]). Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 16: 53-128 (page 68, soldier, worker, queen described)
  • Forel, A. 1886h. Études myrmécologiques en 1886. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 30: 131-215 (page 143, Race of rubripes)
  • Forel, A. 1899h. Formicidae. [part]. Biol. Cent.-Am. Hym. 3: 105-136 (page 134, (footnote) Race/subspecies of maculatus)
  • Forel, A. 1904e. Fourmis du Musée de Bruxelles. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 48: 168-177 (page 177, Race/subspecies of maculatus)
  • Mackay, W.P. & Mackay, E.E. 2019. Género Camponotus. Capítulo 26 (pp. 743-789). In Fernández, F., Guerrero, R.J. & Delsinne, T. (eds). Hormigas de Colombia: 1198 pp. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, D.C.
  • Santschi, F. 1922d. Camponotus néotropiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 62: 97-124 (page 101, Subspecies of simillimus)
  • Shrestha B, Tanaka E, Hyun MW, Han JG, Kim CS, Jo JW, Han SK, Oh J, Sung JM, Sung GH. 2017. Mycosphere Essay 19. Cordyceps species parasitizing hymenopteran and hemipteran insects. Mycosphere 8(9): 1424–1442 (DOI 10.5943/mycosphere/8/9/8).
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1953e. The ant larvae of the subfamily Formicinae. Part II. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 46: 175-217 (page 197, larva described)