Camponotus albosparsus

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Camponotus albosparsus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. albosparsus
Binomial name
Camponotus albosparsus
Bingham, 1903

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Specimen Labels

Common Name
Language: Japanese

This species nests in the soil and under stone of open forest margins and grasslands. Foraging workers are found on the ground (Terayama 1999).


Terayama (1999) - Total length of workers around 4-7 mm. Head dark to blackish brown; mesosoma, petiole and legs brown; gaster black, 1st and 2nd gastral tergites each with a pair of yellow spots (often merging on the 1st tergite). Anterior margin of clypeus straight. Mandible with 6 teeth. Scape short: 1.2-1.3 times the head width in minor workers, and just exceeding the posterior border of head in majors. Petiole relatively high, with an inverted V-shaped scale in profile. Head and mesosoma with relatively abundant erect hairs.

Keys including this Species


Terayama (1999) - Taiwan, through southern China, Hong Kong, to India.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality).
Palaearctic Region: China, Japan.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • albosparsus. Camponotus taylori var. albosparsus Bingham, 1903: 354.
    • [First available use of Camponotus maculatus r. taylori var. albosparsus Forel, 1894c: 397 (s.w.) INDIA (no state data, “Himalaya”); unavailable (infrasubspecific) name.]
    • [Misspelled as albosparatus by Terayama, 2009: 217 (in key).]
    • Combination in C. (Tanaemyrmex): Emery, 1925b: 93.
    • As unavailable (infrasubspecific) name: Emery, 1896d: 370 (in list); Forel, 1904c: 29.
    • Subspecies of taylori: Wheeler, W.M. 1913e: 237.
    • Subspecies of barbatus: Forel, 1906b: 84; Forel, 1912a: 75; Forel, 1913f: 200; Wheeler, W.M. 1921c: 544; Emery, 1925b: 93; Wheeler, W.M. 1927d: 9; Wheeler, W.M. 1928c: 32; Wheeler, W.M. 1929f: 9; Wheeler, W.M. 1929g: 62; Wheeler, W.M. 1930h: 75; Santschi, 1937h: 379; Menozzi, 1939a: 318 (in key); Teranishi, 1940: 60; Chapman & Capco, 1951: 243.
    • Status as species: Wang, C., Xiao & Wu, 1989a: 223 (in key); Wang, C., Xiao & Wu, 1989b: 327; Wu, J. & Wang, 1992: 1315; Wang, C. & Wu, 1994: 30 (in key); Wu, J. & Wang, 1995: 178; Bolton, 1995b: 85; Terayama, 1999b: 31 (redescription); Zhou, 2001b: 205; Zhang, W. & Zheng, 2002: 218; Imai, et al. 2003: 38; Lin & Wu, 2003: 60; Karmaly & Narendran, 2006: 37; Terayama, 2009: 216; Ran & Zhou, 2011: 66; Guénard & Dunn, 2012: 27; Bharti, Guénard, et al. 2016: 23.
    • Material of the unavailable name formosae referred here by Lin & Wu, 2003: 60; Terayama, 2009: 216.

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


Determination Clarifications

Terayama (1999) - Camponotus sp. [Aka-yotsuboshi-oo-ari in Japanese] in Terayama et al. (1991) is conspecific with C. albosparsus.


  • Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. (page 354, soldier, worker described)
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 85, catalogue)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 93, combination in C. (Tanaemyrmex))
  • Forel, A. 1894c. Les Formicides de l'Empire des Indes et de Ceylan. Part IV. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 8: 396-420 (page 397, First available use of Camponotus maculatus r. taylori var. albosparsus; unavailable name.)
  • Forel, A. 1906b. Les fourmis de l'Himalaya. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 42: 79-94 (page 84, race/subspecies of barbatus)
  • Forel, A. 1912b. H. Sauter's Formosa-Ausbeute. Formicidae (Hym.) (Schluss). Entomol. Mitt. 1: 67-81 (page 75, race/subspecies of barbatus)
  • Santschi, F. 1937h. Fourmis du Japon et de Formose. Bull. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 77: 361-388 (page 379, race/subspecies of barbatus)
  • Wang, C.; Xiao, G.; Wu, J. 1989b. Taxonomic studies on the genus Camponotus Mayr in China (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). [concl.]. For. Res. 2: 321-328 (page 327, raised to species)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1913f. Zoological results of the Abor Expedition, 1911-1912, XVII. Hymenoptera, II: Ants (Formicidae). Rec. Indian Mus. 8: 233-237 (page 237, race/subspecies of taylori)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1921c. Chinese ants. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 64: 529-547 (page 544, race/subspecies of barbatus)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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