Camponotus posteropilus

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

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Specimen Labels

Specimens from Aiyura were collected from a beech tree crevice while specimens from Awande were found in a rotten log in rainforest.


Shattuck (2005) - Minor. Dorsum of head finely reticulo-punctate and with a matte appearance; enlarged hairs absent from pronotum (but thin erect hairs present); entire dorsal surface of gaster covered with enlarged pale yellow hairs.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -5.65° to -7.583333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • posteropilus. Camponotus posteropilus Shattuck, 2005: 13, figs. 16-18 (w.) NEW GUINEA (Papua New Guinea).
    • 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=4): CI 91–97, HL 2.04–2.25 mm, HW 1.85–2.18 mm, ML 3.08–3.27 mm, MTL 2.20–2.35 mm, SI 110–132, SL 2.32–2.49 mm.

Minor. Posterolateral surface of head rounding gradually from the dorsal to lateral surfaces. Petiolar node forming a sharp angle dorsally. Individual erect hairs abundant on dorsum of mesosoma, petiole and gaster; enlarged yellow hairs present on dorsal surface of first three gastral tergites; pubescence thin and sparse across entire body. Colour black, legs and gaster dark red-black.

Type Material

Holotype worker and 18 worker paratypes from Mt. Kaindi, Wau District, Papua New Guinea, 28 May 1982, J.O. and P.J. Schmidt (holotype and 11 paratypes in Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, 3 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

  • CSIRO Collection
  • 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.
  • Lucky A., E. Sarnat, and L. Alonso. 2011. Ants of the Muller Range, Papua New Guinea, Chapter 10. In Richards, S. J. and Gamui, B. G. (editors). 2013. Rapid Biological Assessments of the Nakanai Mountains and the upper Strickland Basin: surveying the biodiversity of Papua New Guinea’s sublime karst environments. RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 60. Conservation International. Arlington, VA.
  • 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.