Camponotus ostiarius

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Camponotus ostiarius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. ostiarius
Binomial name
Camponotus ostiarius
Forel, 1914

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Specimen Labels



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -29.76667° to -33.03333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: South Africa (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.



Images from AntWeb

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Syntype of Camponotus ostiariusWorker. Specimen code casent0910559. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MHNG, Geneva, Switzerland.
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Type of Camponotus ostiariusMale (alate). Specimen code casent0903507. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by NHMUK, London, UK.


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

  • ostiarius. Camponotus (Myrmamblys) ostiarius Forel, 1914d: 258 (s.w.) SOUTH AFRICA.
    • Type-material: syntype major and minor workers (numbers not stated).
    • Type-locality: South Africa: Natal, Durban (G. Arnold).
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • Arnold, 1924: 702 (q.m.).
    • Combination in C. (Paramyrmamblys): Santschi, 1926c: 604.
    • Status as species: Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 992; Santschi, 1923e: 292; Arnold, 1924: 701; Emery, 1925b: 141; Bolton, 1995b: 115.
    • Distribution: South Africa.



  • Arnold, G. 1924. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part VI. Camponotinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 675-766 (page 702, queen, male described)
  • Forel, A. 1914d. Formicides d'Afrique et d'Amérique nouveaux ou peu connus. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 50: 211-288 (page 258, soldier, worker described)
  • Santschi, F. 1926c. Nouvelles notes sur les Campontous. Rev. Suisse Zool. 33: 597-618 (page 604, Combination in C. (Paramyrmamblys))

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Arnold G. 1924. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part VI. Camponotinae. Annals of the South African Museum 14: 675-766.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1922. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45: 711-1004