Camponotus aureopilus

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Camponotus aureopilus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. aureopilus
Binomial name
Camponotus aureopilus
Viehmeyer, 1914

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Specimen Labels



Shattuck (2005) - Minor. Enlarged hairs absent from pronotum (but thin erect hairs present); enlarged hairs on gaster limited to a small central cluster.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea (type locality).

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.

  • aureopilus. Camponotus (Myrmogonia) aureopilus Viehmeyer, 1914c: 531 (w.) NEW GUINEA (Papua New Guinea).
    • Stitz, 1938: 119 (q.).
    • Combination in C. (Myrmophyma): Emery, 1925b: 110;
    • combination in C. (Thlipsepinotus): Santschi, 1928e: 483.
    • Status as species: Emery, 1925b: 110; Stitz, 1938: 119; Chapman & Capco, 1951: 237; Bolton, 1995b: 87; Shattuck, 2005: 4 (redescription); Shattuck & Janda, 2009: 252 (in key).
    • Senior synonym of velutinus: Shattuck, 2005: 4.
  • velutinus. Camponotus (Myrmophyma) aureopilus var. velutina Stitz, 1938: 120 (w.) NEW GUINEA (Papua New Guinea).
    • Subspecies of aureopilus: Chapman & Capco, 1951: 237; Bolton, 1995b: 129.
    • Junior synonym of aureopilus: Shattuck, 2005: 4.

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



Shattuck (2005) - Minor. (n=2): CI 92–94, HL 1.80–2.21mm, HW 1.65–2.08mm, ML 2.78–3.19mm, MTL 2.06–2.25mm, SI 120–139, SL 2.29–2.50mm.

Minor. Posterolateral margin of head angular, the dorsal surface weakly convex, the lateral surface weakly concave, a ridge running from just below the eye to the posterolateral corner. Petiolar node tapering dorsally into a blunt angle. Individual erect hairs scattered on dorsum of mesosoma, petiole and gaster; enlarged yellow hairs present on central region of the gastral dorsum; pubescence abundant on entire body. Colour black, gaster dark red-black, legs dark red.


  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 110, combination in C. (Myrmophyma))
  • Santschi, F. 1928e. Nouvelles fourmis d'Australie. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 56: 465-483 (page 483, combination in C. (Thlipsepinotus))
  • Shattuck, S. 2005. Review of the Camponotus aureopilus species-group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), including a second Camponotus with a metapleural gland. Zootaxa 903: 1-20 (page 4, senior synonym of aureopilus subsp. velutina)
  • Stitz, H. 1938. Neue Ameisen aus dem indo-malayischen Gebiet. Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berl. 1938: 99-122 (page 119, queen described)
  • Viehmeyer, H. 1914c. Papuanische Ameisen. Dtsch. Entomol. Z. 1914: 515-535 (page 531, worker described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Janda M., G. D. Alpert, M. L. Borowiec, E. P. Economo, P. Klimes, E. Sarnat, and S. O. Shattuck. 2011. Cheklist of ants described and recorded from New Guinea and associated islands. Available on Accessed on 24th Feb. 2011.
  • Lucky A., L. E. Alonso, E. Sarnat, and J. Hulr. 2015. Ants and scolytine beetles. In: Richards, S.J. and N. Whitmore (editors) 2015. A rapid biodiversity assessment of Papua New Guinea's Hindenburg Wall region. Wildlife Conservation Society Papua New Guinea Program. Goroka, PNG.
  • Shattuck S. O. 2005. Review of the Camponotus aureopilus species group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae), including a second Camponotus with a metapleural gland. Zootaxa 930: 1-20.
  • Stitz H. 1938. Neue Ameisen aus dem indo-malayischen Gebiet. Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berl. 1938: 99-122.
  • Viehmeyer H. 1914. Papuanische Ameisen. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 1914: 515-535.