Camponotus cocosensis

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Camponotus cocosensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. cocosensis
Binomial name
Camponotus cocosensis
Wheeler, W.M., 1919

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Specimen labels



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 5.599166667° to 5.519°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Cocos (Keeling) Islands (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.

  • cocosensis. Camponotus (Myrmamblys) cocosensis Wheeler, W.M. 1919d: 305 (s.w.) COSTA RICA (Cocos Is).
    • Wheeler, W.M. 1933a: 61 (q.m.).
    • Combination in C. (Myrmaphaenus): Emery, 1925b: 155.
    • Status as species: Emery, 1925b: 155; Wheeler, W.M. 1933a: 61; Wheeler, W.M. 1935g: 43; Kempf, 1972a: 45; Bolton, 1995b: 93.



Wheeler (1933) - 11-12 mm. and resembles the worker major, but the head is less narrowed anteriorly and the antennal scapes are longer. Thorax elongate-elliptical, slightly broader than the head; mesonotum as long as broad; base of epinotum convex, decidedly shorter than the subperpendicular, concave declivity. Superior border of petiolar node rather deeply and semicircularly excised. Surface of head and thorax much smoother and more shining than in the worker. Erect hairs on the head and thorax shorter and sparser. Head and appendages reddish yellow; thorax and petiole deep red. Wings long (12 mm.), yellow, with somewhat darker resin yellow veins and pterostigma.


Wheeler (1933) - 6.5-7 mm. Head through the eyes very nearly as wide as long; cheeks straight; clypeus bluntly carinate; mandibles triangular, with well-developed but edentate apical border; eyes and ocelli large and prominent; antennre long and slender. Thorax stout, with large mesonotum, much broader than the head; epinotum short and convex, with subequal base and declivity. Petiolar node low and thick, its obtuse superior border broadly impressed in the middle. Legs long and slender. Pilosity pale, sparse and of uneven length as in the female. Head and thorax subopaque as in the worker; scutellum and epinotum smoother and more Shining. Head, genitalia, appendages and sutures of thorax brownish or reddish yellow; remainder of thorax dark brown; gaster black. Wings yellow as in the female but both membranes and veins distinctly paler.


  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 155, combination in C. (Myrmaphaneus))
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1919e. Expedition of the California Academy of Sciences to the Galapagos Islands, 1905-1906. XV. The ants of Cocos Island. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. (4)2(2 2: 299-308 (page 305, soldier, worker described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1933a. The Templeton Crocker Expedition of the California Academy of Sciences, 1932. No. 6. Formicidae of the Templeton Crocker Expedition. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. (4) 21: 57-64 (page 61, queen, male described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Solomon, S.E. and A.S. Mikheyev. 2005. The ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) fauna of Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Florida Entomologist 88(4):415-423
  • Solomon, Scott E. and Alexander S. Mikheyev. 2005. Ants of Cocos Island. Florida Entomologist. 88 (4). 415-423.
  • Solomon, Scott E., and Mikheyev, Alexander S. The Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Fauna of Cocos Island, Costa Rica. 2005. Florida Entomologist. 88(4): 415-423.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1919. Expedition of the California Academy of Sciences to the Galapagos Islands, 1905-1906. XV. The ants of Cocos Island. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (4)2(2): 299-308.
  • Wheeler, William Morton. 1933. Formicidae of the Templeton Crocker Expedition. California Academy of Sciences. 21(6):57-64.