Camponotus philippinensis

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Camponotus philippinensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Forelophilus
Species: C. philippinensis
Binomial name
Camponotus philippinensis
(Zettel & Zimmermann, 2007)

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of Camponotus philippinensis.


Zettel and Zimmerman (2007) - Minor. Scape orange or partly infuscated, flagellum totally light coloured, tibiae yellowish. Clypeus brown, with distinct median ridge. Whole vertex with numerous long setae. Pronotum with numerous long setae. Tibiae with erect setae. Tarsi wider than in other species.

Keys including this Species


Known from the Philippine Islands of Luzon, Bayagnan, and Mindanao.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Philippines (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.




Known only from the worker caste.


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

  • philippinensis. Forelophilus philippinensis Zettel & Zimmermann, 2007: 24, figs. 3, 10-15 (w.) PHILIPPINES (Luzon I., Bayagnan Is, Mindanao I.).
    • Combination in Camponotus: Ward, et al. 2016: 349.

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



Holotype (minor worker): TL = 3.6 mm; HW = 0.87 mm; HL = 0.85 mm; CI = 102; EL = 0.24 mm; OMD = 0.32 mm; SL = 0.91 mm; SI = 105; PW = 0.58 mm; HFL = 0.88 mm; HFI = 102. Paratypes (minor workers; n = 4): TL = 3.3 - 3.7 mm; HW = 0.84 - 0.95 mm; HL = 0.84 - 0.96 mm; CI = 99 - 102; EL = 0.24 - 0.27 mm; OMD = 0.32 - 0.38 mm; SL = 0.87 - 0.97 mm; SI = 101 - 104; PW = 0.57 - 0.64 mm; HFL = 0.84 - 0.96 mm; HFI = 100 - 104. Paratype (intermediate worker; n = 1): TL = 4.1 mm; HW = 1.04 mm; HL = 1.03 mm; CI = 101; EL = 0.30 mm; OMD = 0.44 mm; SL = 1.01 mm; SI = 97; PW = 0.72 mm; HFL = 1.00 mm; HFI = 96.

Colour of minor and intermediate worker: Black. Clypeus orange or brown. Frons brown. Flagellum of antenna completely orange or yellow. Femora light brown or orange. First tarsomere orange or brown except on black base. Whitish margins on tergites relatively narrow, distinct.

Structural characteristics of minor worker: Moderately shiny. Vertex medially and clypeus anteriorly (to varying extents and intensity) with reduced sculpture and shiny. Clypeus strongly convex, anterior margin straight, without lobe, medially slightly shorter than level of sides. Almost whole mesosoma with very fine reticulation, but strongly reduced on posterior face of propodeum which is strongly shiny. Metathoracic spiracular tubercles slightly surpassing dorsal face of propodeum. Dorsal face of propodeum almost straight in lateral view, without medial groove. Tarsi strongly widened. Petiolar node broadly rounded in lateral view, its dorsum with reduced reticulation. Gaster with fine shagreen, distinctly shiny.

Structural characteristics of intermediate worker: Most similar to minor worker. Head sub-quadrate with strongly rounded posterior corners, hind margin almost straight in frontal view. Clypeus medially slightly surpassing level of sides, anterior margin slightly concave in middle. Mesosoma as in minor worker.

Type Material

TYPE MATERIAL: Holotype (minor worker): Luzon, Laguna, Los Baños, Mt. Makiling, Rain Forest Park, 14.II.1999, leg. S. Schödl, # 5 (Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna). Paratypes: Luzon, Laguna, Los Baños, Mt. Makiling, 300 - 600 m, 10.II.1996, leg. H. Zettel, # 76, 1 minor worker (Herbert and S.V. Zettel); Luzon, Quezon, Atimonan, Quezon National Park, Old Zigzag Road, 24.-30.III.1998, leg. H. Zettel, # 165, 1 minor worker (CZW); Bayagnan Is. (Surigao del Norte Prov.), 15 km W of Surigao City, San José, 7.II.2000, leg. S. Schödl, # 5, 1 minor worker (NHMW); Mindanao, Surigao del Norte, 40 km S of Surigao City, Songkoy Spring, 8.II.2000, leg. H. Zettel, # 231, 1 minor worker (University of the Philippines Los Baños), 1 intermediate worker (CZW).


Named after the country of origin, The Philippines.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Hosoishi, S. and K. Ogata. 2008. The ant genus Crematogaster Lund, subgenus Physocrema Forel, in the Indochinese Peninsula (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Asian Myrmecology 2:1-10.