Camponotus subpilus

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

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The single known collection of this species consisted of workers foraging on vegetation in a rainforest. It is presumably arboreal nesting. (Shattuck 2005)


Shattuck (2005) - Minor. Enlarged hairs on pronotum present but limited to a band along the central 1/3 of its width; dorsal surface of head with scattered, widely spaced pubescence; mesonotum weakly arched and dorsum of mesosoma forming a shallow arch with the propodeum relatively high; dorsum of gaster the same colour as the mesosoma.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -3.14° to -3.14°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality), New Guinea.

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.




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

  • subpilus. Camponotus subpilus Shattuck, 2005: 13, figs. 19-21 (w.) NEW GUINEA (Indonesia: Irian Jaya).
    • 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=3): CI 87–89, HL 1.89–2.07 mm, HW 1.67–1.85 mm, ML 3.20–3.30 mm, MTL 2.21–2.24 mm, SI 131–151, SL 2.43–2.57 mm.

Minor. Posterolateral margin of head angular, the dorsal surface weakly convex, the lateral surface weakly concave, a ridge running from the eye to the posterolateral corner. Petiolar node low, block-like, its dorsal surface broadly convex. Individual erect hairs scattered on dorsum of mesosoma, petiole and gaster; enlarged yellow hairs present on central one-third of pronotum; pubescence thin and sparse across entire body. Colour black, gaster black with a small pale yellow spots on the anterolateral corners of the second tergite, legs dark red-black.

Type Material

Holotype worker and 2 worker paratypes from PT. Freeport Concession, Wapoga camp, 3,800ft., 3°14’S 136°57’E, Irian Jaya, Indonesia, 29 April 1998, R. R. Snelling, montane primary rainforest, foragers on vegetation (holotype and 1 paratype in Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, 1 paratype in Australian National Insect Collection).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • 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.
  • 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.