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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Dendromyrmex
Emery, 1895
Type species
Formica chartifex, now Camponotus chartifex

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Specimen Labels

American Weaving Carpenter Ants

Diagnosis. Emery (1925). - "Worker.- Without caste dimorphism; body slender. Head oval, often conical posterior to eyes, rarely prolonged as neck; eyes small, round, very convex, placed somewhat posterior to head midlength; ocelli absent. Clypeus strongly carinate, descending abruptly to mouth and dominated by anterior extremity of frontal carinae. Frontal carinae very prominent, sinuate, and and antennal insertions situated anterior to frontal carina midlength. Antennomere 3 shorter than pedicel and antennomere 4. Mesosoma elongate, dorsum continuous, depressed, and with very distinct sutures; propodeum more-or-less marginate posteriorly and laterally, descending in arc to posterior face; metanotum does not form part of mesosomal dorsum, and metanotal spriacles situated laterally, below propodeal margins. Petiolar scale thick, cuneiform. Abdominal segment III (gastral segment I) tall and short. Queen. - Somewhat larger than worker; head with same shape. Mesosoma straight and fairly depressed; pronotum exposed widely. Wings more or less infuscated, veins brown and surrounded by brown halo, similar to Oecophylla. Male. - Head with same form as worker and queen, but eyes larger and frontal carinae shorter and less prominent. Mandibles as in other Camponotus. Pedicel subequal in length to antennomere 4, swollen and club-shaped; antennomere 3 shorter. Mesosoma rather narrow and somewhat depressed, but mesonotum entirely conceals pronotum in dorsal view. Petiole nodiform.

Geographical distribution of species. - Neotropical forests.

Ethology. - D. chartifex builds arboreal carton nests. (= Camponotus chartifex)

(Translated and edited by B. E. Boudinot, 19 February 2017.)

Dendromyrmex is currently a subgenus of Camponotus.

According to Fernandez (2002a), Dendromyrmex can be recognized from other Camponotus subgenera by the combination of monomorphic workers (vs. polymorphic), and propodeal shape and configuration (sides dorsolaterally angulate and dorsum with transverse striation).


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

  • DENDROMYRMEX [subgenus of Camponotus]
    • Dendromyrmex Emery, 1895j: 772. Type-species: Formica chartifex, by subsequent designation of Wheeler, W.M. 1911f: 161.
    • Dendromyrmex subgenus of Camponotus: Fernández, 2002: 51.


  • Agosti, D. 1991. Revision of the oriental ant genus Cladomyrma, with an outline of the higher classification of the Formicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Syst. Entomol. 16: 293-310. (page 295, Dendromyrmex in Formicinae, Formica genus group)
  • Ashmead, W. H. 1905c. A skeleton of a new arrangement of the families, subfamilies, tribes and genera of the ants, or the superfamily Formicoidea. Can. Entomol. 37: 381-384 (page 384, Dendromyrmex in Camponotinae, Camponotini)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 114, Dendromyrmex as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Cantone S. 2018. Winged Ants, The queen. Dichotomous key to genera of winged female ants in the World. The Wings of Ants: morphological and systematic relationships (self-published).
  • Emery, C. 1895l. Die Gattung Dorylus Fab. und die systematische Eintheilung der Formiciden. Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Geogr. Biol. Tiere 8: 685-778 (page 772, Dendromyrmex in Camponotinae, Camponotini)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 172, Dendromyrmex in Formicinae, Camponotini)
  • Fernández, F. 2002a. Revisión de las hormigas Camponotus subgénero Dendromyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Pap. Avulsos Zool. (São Paulo) 42: 47-101 (page 51, Dendromyrmex as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Forel, A. 1917. Cadre synoptique actuel de la faune universelle des fourmis. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 51: 229-253 (page 250, Dendromyrmex in Camponotinae, Camponotini)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1910b. Ants: their structure, development and behavior. New York: Columbia University Press, xxv + 663 pp. (page 144, Dendromyrmex in Camponotinae, Camponotini)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1911g. A list of the type species of the genera and subgenera of Formicidae. Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 21: 157-175 (page 161, Type-species: Formica chartifex; by subsequent designation)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922i. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VII. Keys to the genera and subgenera of ants. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 631-710 (page 700, Dendromyrmex in Formicinae, Camponotini)