Camponotus obscuripes

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Camponotus obscuripes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. obscuripes
Binomial name
Camponotus obscuripes
Mayr, 1879

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Japan (type locality), Republic of Korea, Russian Federation.

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Association with Other Organisms

Other Ants

This species is a host for the ant Polyrhachis lamellidens (a temporary parasite) (Sakai, 1990).


This taxon is a host for the fungi Ophiocordyceps formicarum, Ophiocordyceps pulvinata and Ophiocordyceps sessilis (Shrestha et al., 2017).



The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • obscuripes. Camponotus ligniperdus var. obscuripes Mayr, 1879: 645 (s.w.) JAPAN. André, 1903: 128 (q.m.). Combination in C. (Camponotus): Emery, 1925b: 73. Subspecies of ligniperda: Forel, 1907e: 19; of herculeanus: Emery, 1908a: 185; Emery, 1925b: 73. Raised to species: Yasumatsu & Brown, 1951: 38; Arnol'di, 1967: 1823; Kupyanskaya, 1990: 171.



  • 2n = 28 (Japan) (Imai, 1969).


  • André, E. 1903a. Hyménoptères Formicides, récoltés au Japon par M. J. Harmand. Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. 9: 128 (page 128, queen, male described)
  • Arnol'di, K. V. 1967. New data on the ant genus Camponotus (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from the USSR fauna. 1. Camponotus (s. str.). Zool. Zh. 4 46: 1815-1830 (page 1823, Raised to species)
  • Emery, C. 1908a. Beiträge zur Monographie der Formiciden des paläarktischen Faunengebietes. Dtsch. Entomol. Z. 1908: 165-205 (page 185, Subspecies of herculeanus)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 73, Combination in C. (Camponotus))
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 73, Subspecies of herculeanus)
  • Forel, A. 1907h. Formiciden aus dem Naturhistorischen Museum in Hamburg. II. Teil. Neueingänge seit 1900. Mitt. Naturhist. Mus. Hambg. 24: 1-20 (page 19, Subspecies of ligniperdus)
  • Kupyanskaya, A. N. 1990a. Ants of the Far Eastern USSR. Vladivostok: Akademiya Nauk SSSR, 258 pp. (page 171, Raised to species)
  • Mayr, G. 1879. Beiträge zur Ameisen-Fauna Asiens. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 28: 645-686 (page 645, soldier, worker described)
  • Sakai, H. 1990. Camponotus kiusiuensis Santschi, as a dark host of Polyrhachis lamellidens Fr. Smith. Insectarium 27: 67.
  • Shrestha B, Tanaka E, Hyun MW, Han JG, Kim CS, Jo JW, Han SK, Oh J, Sung JM, Sung GH. 2017. Mycosphere Essay 19. Cordyceps species parasitizing hymenopteran and hemipteran insects. Mycosphere 8(9): 1424–1442 (DOI 10.5943/mycosphere/8/9/8).
  • Yasumatsu, K.; Brown, W. L., Jr. 1951b. Revisional notes on Camponotus herculeanus Linné and close relatives in Palearctic regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Fac. Agric. Kyushu Univ. 10: 29-44 (page 38, Raised to species)