Camponotus tasmani

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Camponotus tasmani
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. tasmani
Binomial name
Camponotus tasmani
Forel, 1902

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

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

  • tasmani. Camponotus tasmani Forel, 1902h: 503 (s.w.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in C. (Myrmocamelus): Forel, 1914a: 270; in C. (Myrmophyma): Emery, 1920b: 257; Santschi, 1928e: 482.

Type Material

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


Worker. Length 6.8 to 8.5 mm. Closely resembles ephippium so much at first sight that one is confused by it. It differs as follows: It is smaller, the clypeus is less projecting or lobed in front, without a keel or sub keeled. The scapes, shorter, exceed the occiput by less than 1/2 their length (by more than 1/2 in the case of ephippium). Funicles less thin. The pro-mesonotum is more strongly convex, very humped and the profile of the metanotum is more distinctly concave. The limbs appear to be shorter. The whole body,the limbs and the scapes are abundantly hairy with a long whitish pilosity more abundant than that of intrepidus or suffusus. Thorax entirely ferruginous red; limbs, antennae and mandibles brown, head and gaster black. Pubescence more abundant than slesX type, of a grayish yellow, slightly golden. Otherwise like ephippium.

South Australia (my collection)

This species is particularly distinct because of its pilosity and by its limbs which are shorter and thinner.


  • Emery, C. 1920b. Le genre Camponotus Mayr. Nouvel essai de la subdivision en sous-genres. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 8: 229-260 (page 257, Combination in C. (Myrmophyma))
  • Forel, A. 1902j. Fourmis nouvelles d'Australie. Rev. Suisse Zool. 10: 405-548 (page 503, soldier, worker described)
  • Forel, A. 1914a. Le genre Camponotus Mayr et les genres voisins. Rev. Suisse Zool. 22: 257-276 (page 270, Combination in C. (Myrmocamelus))
  • Santschi, F. 1928e. Nouvelles fourmis d'Australie. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 56: 465-483 (page 482, Combination in C. (Myrmophyma))