Camponotus robustus

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Camponotus robustus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species group: edmondi
Species: C. robustus
Binomial name
Camponotus robustus
Roger, 1863

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Specimen labels

Camponotus robustus occurs in the rainforests of eastern Madagascar, from Binara in the north to Ivohibe Forest in the south. The species is both terrestrial and arboreal. Its workers forage individually on the forest floor, on lower vegetation, and in the canopy and nest in rotten logs, rotting tree stumps, or in dead branches above the ground.


Rakotonirina et al. (2016) - A member of the Camponotus edmondi species group. Larger species (CS: 1.882–3.725; ML: 3.098–4.666) with uniformly black to dark brown body color; in profile anterior margin of petiolar node convex and posterior margin straight; level of propodeal dorsum not abruptly lower than level of promesonotal dorsum; pronotum covered with numerous erect hairs and pubescence.

Camponotus robustus is similar to Camponotus ethicus, but the latter has no erect hairs on the dorsum of the mesosoma and has a propodeal dorsum lower than the promesonotum. The remainder of the edmondi group can be distinguished from this species by their smaller size and yellow to brown legs.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Malagasy Region: Madagascar (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • robustus. Camponotus robustus Roger, 1863a: 135 (w.) MADAGASCAR. Forel, 1891b: 54 (s.). Combination in C. (Myrmentoma): Forel, 1912i: 92; in C. (Orthonotomyrmex): Forel, 1914a: 273; in C. (Myrmisolepis): Santschi, 1921f: 310; in C. (Myrmepinotus): Emery, 1925b: 127.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Rakotonirina et al. (2016) - Minor. In full-face view head rectangular and longer than broad (CWb/CL: 0.91–0.98); lateral margins nearly straight and slightly diverging posteriorly; posterior margin broadly convex. Eyes not breaking lateral outline of head, posterior level located at posterior fourth portion of head (PoOc/CL: 0.21–0.27). Anterior clypeal margin broadly triangular. Mandible triangular, apical margin armed with six teeth. More than apical third portion of antennal scape surpassing posterior cephalic margin. Anterodorsal corner of pronotum projecting anteriorly into narrow ridge; anterior margination strong near corner and weak towards the center; pronotal dorsum rounding to lateral portion. In dorsal view, mesonotum broader than long. In lateral view, mesonotal dorsum slightly inclined posteriorly as is the propodeal dorsum, which joins the declivity at a blunt angle; mesopleuron and propodeal surface together distinctly longer than lateral portion of pronotum; propodeal spiracle located on lateral portion of propodeum anterior to posterolateral margin. Maximum width of procoxa larger than width of mesometapleuron. In profile anterior margin of petiolar node convex and posterior margin more or less straight. Constriction between abdominal segments III and IV absent.

Dorsum of head, mesosoma, and gaster finely and densely reticulate rugose. Lateral portion of head finely and densely reticulate punctate. Mandible imbricate superimposed with punctures. Whitish yellow erect hairs numerous on head, mesosoma, and gaster. Petiole with erect hairs from lateral margins to posterodorsal angle. Pubescence abundant. Head, mesosoma, antennal scape, and distal portion of flagellum, femur, tibia, and basitarsus black; trochanter and metatarsi as well as basal portion of flagellum brown.

Major. With characteristics of minor worker, except: head broader than long (CWb/CL: 0.98–1.02); sides slightly convex and strongly converging towards base of mandibles. Eyes located more anteriorly, their posterior level on posterior third of head (PoOc/CL: 0.26–0.3). Antennal scape barely extending beyond posterior cephalic margin. Anteromedian portion of pronotum without margination. Lateral portion of head smooth and shining with scattered small punctures from which short hairs arise. Mandible with longitudinal striation near apical margin apart from fine imbrication and piligerous punctures.

Type Material

  • Lectotype (designated by Rakotonirina, Csősz & Fisher, 2016: 135), minor worker, specific locality unknown, Madagascar, Humblot, CASENT0101390, Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève.

Paralectotypes of 5 workers: 2 in the same pin as lectotype; 2 workers with the same data but specimen coded as CASENT0104621 and CASENT0104622 (Berlin Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universität).


  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 127, Combination in C. (Myrmepinotus))
  • Forel, A. 1891c. Les Formicides. [part]. In: Grandidier, A. Histoire physique, naturelle, et politique de Madagascar. Volume XX. Histoire naturelle des Hyménoptères. Deuxième partie (28e fascicule). Paris: Hachette et Cie, v + 237 pp. (page 54, soldier described)
  • Forel, A. 1912j. Formicides néotropiques. Part VI. 5me sous-famille Camponotinae Forel. Mém. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 20: 59-92 (page 92, Combination in C. (Myrmentoma))
  • Forel, A. 1914a. Le genre Camponotus Mayr et les genres voisins. Rev. Suisse Zool. 22: 257-276 (page 273, Combination in C. (Orthonotomyrmex))
  • Rakotonirina J.C., Csosz S., and B.L. Fisher. 2016. Revision of the Malagasy Camponotus edmondi species group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Formicinae): integrating qualitative morphology and multivariate morphometric analysis. ZooKeys. 572:81-154. doi:10.3897/zookeys.572.7177
  • Roger, J. 1863a. Die neu aufgeführten Gattungen und Arten meines Formiciden-Verzeichnisses nebst Ergänzung einiger früher gegebenen Beschreibungen. Berl. Entomol. Z. 7: 131-214 (page 135, worker described)
  • Santschi, F. 1921f. Retouches aux sous-genres de Camponotus. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 61: 310-312 (page 310, Combination in C. (Myrmisolepis))
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922k. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. IX. A synonymic list of the ants of the Malagasy region. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 4 45: 1005-1055 (see also)