Camponotus lespesii

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Camponotus lespesii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. lespesii
Binomial name
Camponotus lespesii
Forel, 1886

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Specimen labels


Rosumek (2017) assessed trophic resource use and period of activity within the ant community in a southern Brazil Atlantic forest. For this species: widespread in the Neotropics. Byk and Del-Claro (2010) recorded it qualitatively visiting extra-floral nectaries and Paula et al. (2016) observed it on experimental carcasses, predating the larvae and pupae of necrophagous insects and feeding on the carcass itself. In this study it was found to concentrate on crushed insects and sucrose, with the majority of records from nighttime sampling.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil, Colombia (type locality), Mexico, Panama, Paraguay.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Koch et al. (2018) sampled this species in Caryocar barsiliense trees, in southeastern Brazil cerrado, as part of a study examining species interactions in ant-plants.



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

  • lespesii. Camponotus sexguttatus r. lespesii Forel, 1886f: 169 (w.) COLOMBIA. Mayr, 1887: 513 (q.m.). Combination in C. (Dinomyrmex): Forel, 1914a: 268; in C. (Tanaemyrmex): Emery, 1925b: 83. Raised to species: Mayr, 1887: 513. Senior synonym of melancholicus: Wild, 2007b: 50.
  • melancholicus. Camponotus lespesi subsp. melancholicus Emery, 1894e: 2 (s.w.) PARAGUAY. Combination in C. (Tanaemyrmex): Emery, 1925b: 83. Junior synonym of lespesii: Wild, 2007b: 50.



  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 83, Combination in C. (Tanaemyrmex))
  • Forel, A. 1886g. Expériences et remarques critiques sur les sensations des insectes. Deuxième partie. Nouvelles et anciennes expériences. (Suite). Recl. Zool. Suisse 4: 145-240 (page 169, worker described)
  • Forel, A. 1914a. Le genre Camponotus Mayr et les genres voisins. Rev. Suisse Zool. 22: 257-276 (page 268, Combination in C. (Dinomyrmex))
  • Koch, E. B. A., W. Dattilo, F. Camarota, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2018. From species to individuals: does the variation in ant-plant networks scale result in structural and functional changes? Population Ecology. 60:309-318. doi:10.1007/s10144-018-0634-5
  • Mayr, G. 1887. Südamerikanische Formiciden. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 37: 511-632 (page 513, queen, male described, Raised to species)
  • Rosumek, F. B. 2017. Natural History of Ants: What We (do not) Know about Trophic and Temporal Niches of Neotropical Species. Sociobiology. 64:244-255. doi:10.13102/sociobiology.v64i3.1623