Camponotus thysanopus

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Camponotus thysanopus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. thysanopus
Binomial name
Camponotus thysanopus
Wheeler, W.M., 1937

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Specimen Labels

Little is known about the biology of Camponotus thysanopus. It has been collected two times in the 21st century, more than doubling the known specimens since it was described by Wheeler in 1937.



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 23.133° to 19.95943°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Cuba (type locality), Greater Antilles.

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.



Known only from the worker caste.


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

  • thysanopus. Camponotus (Myrmeurynota) thysanopus Wheeler, W.M. 1937b: 461 (w.) CUBA.
    • Status as species: Kempf, 1972a: 49; Alayo, 1974: 27 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 127.

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



Media and minor. Length 3--4 mm.

Closely related to Camponotus albistramineus of Haiti but smaller. Head trapezoidal, shorter, not longer than broad, less narrowed anteriorly and with distinctly less convex cheeks and posterior border. Eyes more convex, the carinae between their posterior orbits and the corners of the head less pronounced. Antennae slender, scapes extending about two-fifths their length beyond the posterior border. Thorax shaped much as in albistramineu8, but lower, dorsally and laterally less convex and with distinctly more sloping epinotal declivity. Petiolar scale narrower but thicker anteroposteriorly, as thick above as below, with blunter and seen from behind ,less broadly rounded posterior border.

Sculpture like that of albistramineus, but the gaster is shining above as well as below with its dorsal surface sharply transversely shagreened instead of reticulate and with more pronounced transverse piligerous punctures.

Pilosity similar to that of albistramineus but the flattened snow-white hairs are more abundant on the dorsal surface, especially on the head and thorax, and the erect hairs are more obtuse and more flattened, like the appressed hairs, than in the Haitian species. Moreover, the flexor border of each femur bears a more conspicuous fringe of these longer hairs.

Black, with red mandibles and antennae, like, albistramineus, but with the legs also red instead of black; coxae darker and more brownish.

Type Material

Described from three media workers and a minor from the Sierra de Purias (type-locality), north of Imias, 3500 ft., July 25, 1936, and a single media from the Sierra del Cobre, 3000-3500 ft., July 3, 1936.


  • Wheeler, W. M. 1937b. Ants mostly from the mountains of Cuba. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 81: 439-465 (page 461, worker described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Alayo D. P. 1974. Introduccion al estudio de los Himenopteros de Cuba. Superfamilia Formicoidea. Academia de Ciencias de Cuba. Instituto de Zoologia. Serie Biologica no.53: 58 pp. La Habana.
  • Fontanla Rizo J.L. 1997. Lista preliminar de las hormigas de Cuba. Cocuyo 6: 18-21.
  • Fontenla J. L., and J. Alfonso-Simonetti. 2018. Classification of Cuban ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) into functional groups. Poeyana Revista Cubana de Zoologia 506: 21-30.
  • Fontenla Rizo J. L. 1997. Lista preliminar de las hormigas de Cuba (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Cocuyo 6: 18-21.
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Kusnezov N. 1963. Zoogeografia de las hormigas en sudamerica. Acta Zoologica Lilloana 19: 25-186
  • Portuondo Ferrer E., and J. L. Fernández Triana. 2005. Species of hymenopterans (bees, wasps, and ants) recorded in Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, from literature records, revision of the collection at BIOECO, and collections before and during the rapid inventory, 12-22 February 2004. In Fong G., A., D. Maceira F., W. S. Alverson, y/and T. Wachter, eds. 2005. Cuba: Parque Nacional “Alejandro de Humboldt.” Rapid Biological Inventories Report 14. The Field Museum, Chicago.
  • Portuondo Ferrer, E. and J. Fernandez Triana. Biodiversidad del orden Hymenoptera en Los Macizos Montanosos de Cuba Oriental. Boletin S.E.A. 35:121-136.
  • Reyes, J. L.. "Inventario de la colección de hormigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) del Centro Oriental de Ecosistemas y Biodiversidad, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba." Boletín de la Sociedad Aragonesa 36 (2005): 279-283.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1937. Ants mostly from the mountains of Cuba. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. 81: 439-465.