Camponotus chrysurus

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Camponotus chrysurus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. chrysurus
Binomial name
Camponotus chrysurus
Gerstäcker, 1871

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Specimen Labels




Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 49.78306° to -20.45°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Kenya (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.

  • chrysurus. Camponotus chrysurus Gerstäcker, 1871: 355 (w.) KENYA? (“Endara”).
    • Forel, 1899b: 308 (s.); Santschi, 1914b: 135 (q.); Forel, 1915c: 350 (q.).
    • Combination in C. (Myrmentoma): Forel, 1912i: 92;
    • combination in C. (Orthonotomyrmex): Forel, 1913b: 346; Santschi, 1914b: 135; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 971;
    • combination in C. (Myrmopiromis): Emery, 1925b: 129;
    • combination in C. (Myrmopelta): Santschi, 1921f: 311; Santschi, 1926a: 20; Santschi, 1926c: 603.
    • Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 224; Emery, 1895a: 183; Emery, 1896d: 376 (in list); Forel, 1899b: 308; Forel, 1909b: 67; Forel, 1910c: 269; Forel, 1912i: 92; Forel, 1913b: 346; Forel, 1913h: 357; Santschi, 1914b: 135; Forel, 1915c: 350; Santschi, 1921f: 311; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 971; Emery, 1925b: 129; Santschi, 1926a: 20; Santschi, 1926c: 603; Santschi, 1930b: 79; Santschi, 1937b: 104; Santschi, 1937d: 243; Bolton, 1995b: 92; Hita Garcia, et al. 2013: 204.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus acutisquamis, apellis, securifer, yvonnae.



  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 92, catalogue)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 129, combination in C. (Myrmopiromis))
  • Forel, A. 1899c. Trois notices myrmécologiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 43: 303-310 (page 308, soldier described)
  • Forel, A. 1912j. Formicides néotropiques. Part VI. 5me sous-famille Camponotinae Forel. Mém. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 20: 59-92 (page 92, combination in C. (Myrmentoma))
  • Forel, A. 1913b. Formicides du Congo Belge récoltés par MM. Bequaert, Luja, etc. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 2: 306-351 (page 346, combination in C. (Orthonotomyrmex))
  • Forel, A. 1915c. Formicides d'Afrique et d'Amérique nouveaux ou peu connus. IIe partie. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 50: 335-364 (page 350, queen described)
  • Gerstäcker, A. 1871. Beitrag zur Insektenfauna von Zanzibar. Arch. Naturgesch. 37(1 1: 345-363 (page 355, worker described)
  • Santschi, F. 1914b. Voyage de Ch. Alluaud et R. Jeannel en Afrique Orientale, 1911-1912. Résultats scientifiques. Insectes Hyménoptères. II. Formicidae. Paris: Libr. A. Schulz, pp. 41-148. (page 135, queen described)
  • Santschi, F. 1921f. Retouches aux sous-genres de Camponotus. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 61: 310-312 (page 311, combination in C. (Myrmopelta))
  • Santschi, F. 1926a. Trois notes myrmécologiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. 95: 13-28 (page 20, combination in C. (Myrmopelta))
  • Santschi, F. 1926c. Nouvelles notes sur les Campontous. Rev. Suisse Zool. 33: 597-618 (page 603, combination in C. (Myrmopelta))
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922j. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 711-1004 (page 971, combination in C. (Orthonotomyrmex))

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Abera-Kalibata A. M., C. S. Gold, R. G. Van Driesche, and P. E. Ragama. 2007. Composition, distribution, and relative abundance of ants in banana farming systems in Uganda. Biological Control 40: 168-178.
  • Dejean A., F. Azemar, R. Cereghino, M. Leponce, B. Corbara, J. Orivel, and A. Compin. 2015. The dynamics of ant mosaics in tropical rainforests characterized using the SelfOrganizing Map algorithm. Insect Science doi: 10.1111/1744-7917.12208
  • Forel A. 1909. Fourmis du Musée de Bruxelles. Fourmis de Benguela récoltées par M. Creighton Wellman, et fourmis du Congo récoltées par MM. Luja, Kohl et Laurent. Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 53: 51-73.
  • Garcia F.H., Wiesel E. and Fischer G. 2013.The Ants of Kenya (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)—Faunal Overview, First Species Checklist, Bibliography, Accounts for All Genera, and Discussion on Taxonomy and Zoogeography. Journal of East African Natural History, 101(2): 127-222
  • IZIKO South Africa Museum Collection
  • Medler J. T. 1980: Insects of Nigeria - Check list and bibliography. Mem. Amer. Ent. Inst. 30: i-vii, 1-919.
  • Santschi F. 1937. Résultats de la Mission scientifique suisse en Angola (2me voyage) 1932-1933. Fourmis angolaises. Revue Suisse de Zoologie. 44: 211-250.
  • Santschi, F. "Résultats de la Mission scientifique suisse en Angola, 1928-1929. Formicides de l'Angola." Revue Suisse de Zoologie 37 (1930): 53-81.