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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Myrmoplatys
Forel, 1916
Type species
Camponotus korthalsiae

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Specimen Labels

Flat-head Carpenter Ants

Diagnosis. Emery (1925). - "Worker. - Medium to small species; caste dimorphism weakly marked; body squat. Head depressed, elongated, narrower anteriorly, broadly concave posteriorly in majors, truncated in minors. Clypeus very depressed, without median longitudinal carina in majors, subcarinate in minors, with or without rounded anterior lobe, sometimes clypeus anteromedially incised; clypeal dimples remarkably large and deep. Frontal carinae straight, slightly diverging posteriorly; antennal insertions situated further posteriorly than in most other groups, almost at midlength of frontal carinae (similar to Colobopsis). Mandibles short, arched, armed with 5 or 6 teeth. Antennae short; antennomeres of flagellum remarkably short. Mesosomal dorsum rounded, with or without impression at mesonotal-propodeal suture. Petiolar node squmiform, tall and vertically-oriented. Legs short, tibiae neither compressed nor hairy. Male unknown; Forel described a female.

Geographical distribution of species. - Malacca, Sunda Islands.

Ethology. - The species of this group were found in the swollen base of the leaves of myrmecophilic palms of the genus Korthalsia."

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

Myrmoplatys is currently a subgenus of Camponotus.


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

  • MYRMOPLATYS [subgenus of Camponotus]
    • Myrmoplatys Forel, 1916: 460 [as subgenus of Camponotus]. Type-species: Camponotus korthalsiae, by original designation.
    • Myrmoplatys raised to genus: Wheeler, W.M. 1936e: 219 (in text).
    • Myrmoplatys subgenus of Camponotus: Bolton, 1994: 50.


  • Bolton, B. 1994. Identification guide to the ant genera of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 222 pp. (page 50, Myrmoplatys as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 116, Myrmoplatys as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1943g. A list of the type-species of the genera and subgenera of the Formicidae. [part]. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 11(10): 617-688 (page 670, Myrmoplatys as genus)
  • Emery, C. 1920b. Le genre Camponotus Mayr. Nouvel essai de la subdivision en sous-genres. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 8: 229-260 (page 238, Myrmoplatys as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 135, Myrmoplatys as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Forel, A. 1916. Fourmis du Congo et d'autres provenances récoltées par MM. Hermann Kohl, Luja, Mayné, etc. Rev. Suisse Zool. 24: 397-460 (page 460, Myrmoplatys 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 251, Myrmoplatys as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • 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 705, Myrmoplatys as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1936f. Notes on some aberrant Indonesian ants of the subfamily Formicinae. Tijdschr. Entomol. 79: 217-221 (page 219, Myrmoplatys as genus (in text))
  • Yamane, S., Hosoishi, S., Syaukani, S. 2021. Taxonomic notes on rattan-inhabiting ants of the genus Camponotus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zoosystematica Rossica 30(2): 175-182 (doi:10.31610/zsr/2021.30.2.175).