Calomyrmex purpureus

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Calomyrmex purpureus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Calomyrmex
Species: C. purpureus
Binomial name
Calomyrmex purpureus
(Mayr, 1876)

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Specimen Labels


Photo Gallery

  • Calomyrmex purpureus worker carrying one of its nestmates while moving to a new nest site. Scotia Sanctuary, New South Wales. Photo by Ajay Narendra.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Association with Other Organisms

This species is a host for the eucharitid wasp Stilbuloida calomyrmecis (a parasite) (Universal Chalcidoidea Database) (primary host).



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

  • purpureus. Camponotus purpureus Mayr, 1876: 62 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Queensland).
    • Combination in Calomyrmex: Emery, 1896d: 378.
    • Subspecies of splendidus: Forel, 1910b: 83; Wheeler, W.M. 1915g: 820; Emery, 1925b: 175.
    • Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 248; Emery, 1896d: 378 (in list); Emery, 1898a: 227; Forel, 1902h: 507; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 109; Taylor, 1987a: 10; Bolton, 1995b: 83.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus smaragdinus.

Type Material



  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 83, catalogue)
  • Emery, C. 1896j. Saggio di un catalogo sistematico dei generi Camponotus, Polyrhachis e affini. Mem. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (5)5:363-382 (page 378, combination in Calomyrmex)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 175, subspecies of splendidus)
  • Forel, A. 1910b. Formicides australiens reçus de MM. Froggatt et Rowland Turner. Rev. Suisse Zool. 18: 1-94 (page 83, subspecies of splendidus)
  • Mayr, G. 1876. Die australischen Formiciden. J. Mus. Godeffroy 12: 56-115 (page 62, worker described)
  • Taylor, R. W.; Brown, D. R. 1985. Formicoidea. Zool. Cat. Aust. 2:1- 149: 1-149, 30 (page 109, revived status as species)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1915h. Hymenoptera. [In "Scientific notes on an expedition into the north-western regions of South Australia".]. Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 39: 805-823 (page 820, subspecies of splendidus)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Taylor R. W. 1987. A checklist of the ants of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Entomology Report 41: 1-92.