Camponotus interjectus

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Camponotus interjectus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. interjectus
Binomial name
Camponotus interjectus
Mayr, 1877

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Specimen Labels

Inhabits semi-desert and mountain steppes, building nests in soil (Radchenko 1997).


Radchenko (1997) - A member of the Camponotus lateralis species group.

Ionescu-Hirsch (2009) - According to Menozzi (1933), the Israeli specimens of C. interjectus have the metanotal groove distinctly impressed, similar to Camponotus rebeccae, but differ from C. rebeccae by having erect setae scattered all over the propodeal dorsum, as opposed to a single transversal row of erect setae restricted to the junction of the propodeal dorsum with declivity; they have a black head and gaster, as opposed to the head paler than the gaster in C. rebeccae.

Keys including this Species


Ionescu-Hirsch (2009) - Afghanistan and central Asia (Radchenko, 1997c); also recorded from Israel (Menozzi, 1933), Jordan (Wheeler and Mann, 1916), and Dagestan (Radchenko, 1997c).

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 48.54° to 34.8333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan (type locality), Kyrgyzstan, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan.

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.



Images from AntWeb

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Paratype of Camponotus interjectus transcaucasicusWorker. Specimen code casent0911142. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MHNG, Geneva, Switzerland.


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

  • interjectus. Camponotus interjectus Mayr, 1877: 4 (w.q.) UZBEKISTAN, KYRGYZSTAN.
    • [Also described as new by Mayr, 1880: 24.]
    • Karavaiev, 1910b: 12 (s.); Tarbinsky, 1976: 161 (m.).
    • Combination in C. (Orthonotomyrmex): Forel, 1914a: 273;
    • combination in C. (Myrmentoma): Emery, 1920b: 257.
    • Subspecies of lateralis: Ruzsky, 1905b: 258; Karavaiev, 1910b: 12; Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1923: 242; Ruzsky, 1923: 2; Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1929b: 36.
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1880: 24; André, 1882a: 150 (in key); Nasonov, 1889: 12; Dalla Torre, 1893: 236; Emery, 1896d: 373 (in list); Ruzsky, 1902d: 8; Forel, 1914a: 273; Wheeler, W.M. & Mann, 1916: 174; Emery, 1925a: 64; Emery, 1925b: 119; Menozzi, 1933b: 82 (in key); Collingwood, 1961a: 73; Pisarski, 1967: 414; Tarbinsky, 1976: 161 (redescription); Dlussky, 1981a: 17; Dlussky, Soyunov & Zabelin, 1990: 134; Bolton, 1995b: 105; Radchenko, 1996b: 1197 (in key); Radchenko, 1997b: 706; Schultz, R. et al. 2006: 205; Vonshak, et al. 2009: 39; Ionescu-Hirsch, 2010: 74; Paknia, et al. 2010: 31; Ran & Zhou, 2011: 68; Guénard & Dunn, 2012: 28; Borowiec, L. 2014: 34.

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



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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