Camponotus ephippium

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Camponotus ephippium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. ephippium
Binomial name
Camponotus ephippium
(Smith, F., 1858)

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Specimen Labels


Photo Gallery

  • A foraging worker near her nest, near a creek, Brigadoon, Western Australia. Photo by Farhan Bokhari, 2 July 2009.
  • Nest of Camponotus ephippium near a creek, Brigadoon, Western Australia. Photo by Farhan Bokhari, 2 July 2009.


Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -18.98701° to -36.61666667°.

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

  • ephippium. Formica ephippium Smith, F. 1858b: 39 (w.) AUSTRALIA (South Australia).
    • Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1968: 218 (l.).
    • Combination in Camponotus: Roger, 1863b: 4;
    • combination in C. (Myrmocamelus): Forel, 1914a: 270;
    • combination in C. (Myrmophyma): Emery, 1920b: 257; Santschi, 1928e: 481.
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1863: 414; Roger, 1863b: 4; Mayr, 1876: 59 (in key); Emery, 1887a: 211; Dalla Torre, 1893: 229; Emery, 1896d: 373 (in list); Forel, 1902h: 503; Forel, 1907h: 303; Crawley, 1915a: 136; Emery, 1925b: 111; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 113; Taylor, 1987a: 12; Bolton, 1995b: 97; McArthur, 2007a: 316; Heterick, 2009: 65; McArthur, 2010: 44; McArthur, 2014: 104.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus narses.

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 3 lines (= 6 mm) Black: the pro- and mesothorax ferruginous above. Head oblong-quadrate, slightly narrowed towards the mouth; the eyes placed high on t he sides of the head; the antennae and mandibles ferruginous; the scape more or less fuscous; the clypeus with a central longitudinal carina; the mandibles serrated on their inner edge, with one or two stouter teeth at the apex. Thorax rounded in front and narrowed behind, the metathorax (= propodeum) sometimes slightly ferruginous; legs elongate, the apical joints of the tarsi ferruginous. Abdomen small, ovate, covered with short pale yellow silky pubescence, interspersed with longer pale hairs; the head and thorax have also some scattered pale hairs; the scale of the peduncle subovate.

Hab. Adelaide. (Coll. F. Smith)


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Andersen A. N., B. D. Hoffman, and J. Somes. 2003. Ants as indicators of minesite restoration: community recovery at one of eight rehabilitation sites in central Queensland. Ecological Management and Restoration 4: 12-19.
  • Heterick B. E. 2009. A guide to the ants of south-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 76: 1-206.