Known from the type material and a Ward collection from a rotting stump at the edge of a rainforest.
Shattuck (2005) - Dorsum of head with very fine leather-like sculpturing and relatively shiny; enlarged hairs absent from pronotum (but thin erect hairs present); entire dorsal surface of gaster covered with enlarged pale yellow hairs.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- xanthopilus. Camponotus xanthopilus Shattuck, 2005: 18, figs. 27-29 (w.) NEW GUINEA.
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Minor (n=1, paratype): CI 95, HL 2.00 mm, HW 1.89 mm, ML 2.89 mm, MTL 2.05 mm, SI 124, SL 2.35 mm. Major worker (n=1, holotype): CI 100, HL 2.31 mm, HW 2.33 mm, ML 2.97 mm, MTL 2.04 mm, SI 95, SL 2.21 mm.
Minor, damaged, with cracked pronotum). Posterolateral surface of head rounding gradually from the dorsal to lateral surfaces, the posteroventral surface very weakly concave. Petiolar node forming tapering dorsally into a blunt angle. Individual erect hairs scattered 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.
Major. Differing from minor worker in the typically broader head and more abundant hairs. Other characters as in minor worker.
Holotype and paratype worker from Managalase area, 2500–3000ft., Northern District, Papua New Guinea, August 1965, R. Pullen (Australian National Insect Collection).