Camponotus cinereus

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

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Specimen Labels


A common sight in arid and semi-arid woodlands in southern Australia, where workers scurry swiftly across the ground with their gasters vertically raised. The colour of the workers ranges from black (most commonly) to a rich red. This ant was described from Victoria. (Heterick 2009)


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (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.

  • cinereus. Camponotus cinereus Mayr, 1876: 62 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Queensland).
    • Combination in C. (Myrmocamelus): Forel, 1913g: 192; Forel, 1914a: 270;
    • combination in C. (Myrmophyma): Emery, 1920b: 192; Santschi, 1928e: 481.
    • Status as species: Forel, 1879a: 90; Dalla Torre, 1893: 224; Emery, 1896d: 373 (in list); Forel, 1907h: 302; Forel, 1911e: 291; Santschi, 1919a: 330; Emery, 1925b: 110; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 111; Taylor, 1987a: 11; Bolton, 1995b: 92; McArthur, 2007a: 333; Heterick, 2009: 65; McArthur, 2014: 146.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus amperei, notterae.

Type Material

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


Worker Length.7.5-9mm Ferruginous, in part dark, gaster black, sometimes head more or less black; sparse erect hairs, antennae and limbs not hairy, moderate and fine flat lying pubescence, denser pubescence on the gaster, yellow and fine; mandibles with dispersed punctations weakly curved; head glossy, finely and densely punctate coriaceous; Clypeus with a keel in the middle, the anterior margin in the case of the worker major is emarginate in the middle of its arc; thorax convex above the propodeum angle, the mesonotum and the basal part of the metanotum (= propodeum) almost straight longitudinally; the node on the petiole is thick like a rounded cube; gaster with very dense and fine transverse striations.


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.