Camponotus andyyoungi

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Camponotus andyyoungi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. andyyoungi
Binomial name
Camponotus andyyoungi
McArthur, 2008

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Specimen Labels

The types workers were collected on sand from Mallee.


McArthur (2008) - A member of the Camponotus rubiginosiis group (McArthur 2007a) in having similar head and mesosoma forms (in front and lateral view, respectively) but distinguished from other members by its absence of any black colour in the minor workers. Most members of this group possess a distinctive coconut odor but this has not been observed with this species.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -16.5457° to -33.88333333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

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.





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

  • andyyoungi. Camponotus andyyoungi McArthur, 2008: 113, figs. (w.) AUSTRALIA (South Australia, Western Australia)).
    • Status as species: McArthur, 2010: 70; McArthur, 2014: 116.

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



Minor. Measurements: HL = 0.78; HW + 0.27 (R2 = 0.82, n = 10); PW = 0.51; HW + 0.25 (R2 = 0.84, n = 10); CW = 0.44; HW - 0.10 (R2 = 0.92, n = 10).

Mesosoma: Dorsum of pronotum, mesonotum and propodeum feebly convex, angle well rounded about 135°, declivity concave, ratio propodeal dorsum / declivity < 1; a few long setae pointing forward on mesosoma; integument on side of mesonotum and propodeum smoothly reticulate, glossy. Node: anterior convex; posterior flat; summit near sharp. Appendages: tibiae with short plentiful setae, inclination to 30°; scapes with plentiful short setae, inclination to 45° Head: a few erect fine setae on under side; setae sparse on head in front view; head sides convex; vertex straight; frontal carinae width < HW/3; maximum head width occurs slightly anterior to eye centre; clypeus anterior margin convex. Colour: reddish yellow.

Type Material

Holotype: One minor worker pinned in South Australian Museum “S.Aust. Kimba 33°08’S 136°25’E Mallee in sand 25/07/1983 B B Lowery” Paratypes: Three minor workers with same data pinned in each of SAMA, Australian National Insect Collection and Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna.

Type Material


Named after Andy Young who collects insects for SAMA.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Fisher J., L. Beames, B. J. Rangers, N. N. Rangers, J. Majer, and B. Heterick. 2014. Using ants to monitor changes within and surrounding the endangered Monsoon Vine Thickets of the tropical Dampier Peninsula, north Western Australia. Forest Ecology and Management 318: 78–90.