Camponotus paradoxus

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Camponotus paradoxus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. paradoxus
Binomial name
Camponotus paradoxus
(Mayr, 1866)

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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This species is a host for the fungus Ophiocordyceps unilaterialis (a pathogen) (Shrestha et al., 2017).



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

  • paradoxus. Colobopsis paradoxa Mayr, 1866b: 887, pl. 20, fig. 2 (q., not w. as originally stated, see Kempf, 1960f: 460) BRAZIL. Combination in Camponotus: Dalla Torre, 1893: 246; in C. (Colobopsis): Forel, 1912i: 90; in C. (Hypercolobopsis): Emery, 1920b: 260. Senior synonym of janitor: Kempf, 1960f: 460.
  • janitor. Camponotus (Colobopsis) paradoxus subsp. janitor Forel, 1908c: 415 (s.w.q.m.) BRAZIL. Combination in C. (Hypercolobopsis): Emery, 1925b: 160. Junior synonym of paradoxus: Kempf, 1960f: 460.



  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 246, Combination in Camponotus)
  • Emery, C. 1920b. Le genre Camponotus Mayr. Nouvel essai de la subdivision en sous-genres. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 8: 229-260 (page 260, Combination in C. (Hypercolobopsis))
  • Forel, A. 1912j. Formicides néotropiques. Part VI. 5me sous-famille Camponotinae Forel. Mém. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 20: 59-92 (page 90, Combination in C. (Colobopsis))
  • Kempf, W. W. 1960f. Miscellaneous studies on Neotropical ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Stud. Entomol. (n.s.) 3: 417-466 (page 460, see also)
  • Kempf, W. W. 1960f. Miscellaneous studies on Neotropical ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Stud. Entomol. (n.s.) 3: 417-466 (page 460, Senior synonym of janitor)
  • Mayr, G. 1866b. Diagnosen neuer und wenig gekannter Formiciden. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 16: 885-908 (page 887, pl. 20, fig. 2 queen described)
  • 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).