Formica bicolor Latreille

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Formica bicolor Latreille
Scientific classification (junior synonym of Camponotus lateralis)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: Formica bicolor Latreille
Latreille, 1798

This taxon is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Camponotus lateralis.


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

  • bicolor. Formica bicolor Latreille, 1798: 43 (w.) FRANCE.
    • [Unresolved junior primary homonym of Formica bicolor Fabricius, 1793: 351 (Emery, 1921a: 26; Bolton, 1995b: 88).]
    • Subspecies of lateralis: Forel, 1874: 40.
    • Junior synonym of lateralis: Mayr, 1853b: 102; Nylander, 1856b: 58; André, 1874: 201 (in list); Radchenko, 2016: 333.

Taxonomic Notes

The full text of the original description states ‘Rouge, luisante, rase. Yeux et abdomen noirs. Écaille épaisse, entière.’ Considering that the terra typica is France, this allows only to conclude on an ant of the subfamily Formicinae (Seifert, 2019).