Camponotus yamaokai

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Camponotus yamaokai
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. yamaokai
Binomial name
Camponotus yamaokai
Terayama & Satoh, 1990

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Specimen labels

Common Name
Language: Japanese

This species is arboreal and nests in dead twigs on trees. New queens over-winter in nests and decamp during May (Satoh, 1989; Japanese Ant Image Database). Idogawa and Dobata (2018) found colonies nesting in bamboo cavities in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan in a thicket dominated by deciduous broad-leaved trees.

At a Glance • Polygynous  


This species resembles Camponotus nawai, but is distinguished by its much more prominent eyes and smaller relative head size in minor and major workers. Also, in minor workers, the petiolar scale is thinner in lateral view than in C. nawai; while in major workers it is thinner and wider in dorsal view than in C. nawai.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 31.96666667° to 29.54°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Japan (type locality).

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.


Flight Period

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 Notes: Japan.

Life History Traits

  • Queen number: monogynous (Japanese Ant Image Database)


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

  • yamaokai. Camponotus (Myrmamblys) yamaokai Terayama & Satoh, 1990a: 406, figs. 1-13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22 (s.w.q.m.) JAPAN.
    • Status as species: Morisita, et al. 1991: 43; Bolton, 1995b: 130; Radchenko, 1997d: 813; Terayama, 1999b: 30 (in key); Imai, et al. 2003: 36; McArthur, 2012: 130.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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