Camponotus renggeri

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Camponotus renggeri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. renggeri
Binomial name
Camponotus renggeri
Emery, 1894

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Specimen labels

This ant was observed visiting the extrafloral nectaries of Tocoyena formosa plants occurring in a southeastern Brazilian cerrado study-site (Sanz-Veiga et al. 2017)

Photo Gallery

  • Camponotus renggeri infected by Ophiocordyceps camponoti-renggeri, biting onto liana. The leg joints and antenna are covered by specialized cells that produce asexual spores that are transmitted by contact. The round structures (ascoma), suspended by the long stalks (stroma) produce sexual spores that will be released onto the forest 􀃓oor. (Photo by João P. M. Araújo)



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay (type locality), Peru, Suriname, Uruguay.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Koch et al. (2018) sampled this species in Caryocar barsiliense trees, in southeastern Brazil cerrado, as part of a study examining species interactions in ant-plants.


This species is a host for the fungus Ophiocordyceps camponoti-renggeri (a pathogen) (Araujo et al., 2018).




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

  • renggeri. Camponotus rufipes subsp. renggeri Emery, 1894e: 3 (w.q.) PARAGUAY. Forel, 1909a: 265 (m.). Combination in C. (Myrmothrix): Forel, 1912i: 91. Raised to species: Forel, 1912i: 91. Subspecies of rufipes: Bruch, 1914: 230; Santschi, 1916e: 397; Wheeler, W.M. 1923a: 5. Status as species: Luederwaldt, 1918: 53; Emery, 1920b: 256; Emery, 1925b: 109; Kusnezov, 1952d: 219; Hashmi, 1973: 67.



  • 2n = 40 (Brazil) (Aguiar et al., 2016).


  • Aguiar HJACd, Barros LAC, Alves DR, Mariano CdSF, Delabie JHC, Pompolo SdG (2017) Cytogenetic studies on populations of Camponotus rufipes (Fabricius, 1775) and Camponotus renggeri Emery, 1894 (Formicidae: Formicinae). PLoS ONE 12(5): e0177702 (DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0177702).
  • Araújo, J.P.M., Evans, H.C., Kepler, R., Hughes, D.P. 2018. Zombie-ant fungi across continents: 15 new species and new combinations within Ophiocordyceps. I. Myrmecophilous hirsutelloid species. Studies in Mycology 90: 119–160 (DOI 10.1016/j.simyco.2017.12.002).
  • Bruch, C. 1914. Catálogo sistemático de los formícidos argentinos. Rev. Mus. La Plata 19: 211-234 (page 230, Subspecies of rufipes)
  • Emery, C. 1894f. Viaggio del dottor Alfredo Borelli nella Repubblica Argentina e nel Paraguay. VIII. Formiche. Boll. Mus. Zool. Anat. Comp. R. Univ. Torino 9(1 186: 1-4 (page 3, worker, queen described)
  • Emery, C. 1920b. Le genre Camponotus Mayr. Nouvel essai de la subdivision en sous-genres. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 8: 229-260 (page 256, Status as species)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 109, Status as species)
  • Forel, A. 1909a. Ameisen aus Guatemala usw., Paraguay und Argentinien (Hym.). Dtsch. Entomol. Z. 1909: 239-269 (page 265, male described)
  • Forel, A. 1912j. Formicides néotropiques. Part VI. 5me sous-famille Camponotinae Forel. Mém. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 20: 59-92 (page 91, Combination in C. (Myrmothrix), and raised to species)
  • Hashmi, A. A. 1973b. A revision of the Neotropical ant subgenus Myrmothrix of genus Camponotus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Stud. Entomol. 16: 1-140 (page 67, Status as species)
  • Koch, E. B. A., W. Dattilo, F. Camarota, and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2018. From species to individuals: does the variation in ant-plant networks scale result in structural and functional changes? Population Ecology. 60:309-318. doi:10.1007/s10144-018-0634-5
  • Kusnezov, N. 1952f [1951]. El género Camponotus en la Argentina (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Acta Zool. Lilloana 12: 183-252 (page 219, Status as species)
  • Luederwaldt, H. 1918. Notas myrmecologicas. Rev. Mus. Paul. 10: 29-64 (page 53, Status as species)
  • Ronque, M.U.V., Azevedo-Silva, M., Mori, G.M., Souza, A.P., Oliveira, P.S. 2016. Three ways to distinguish species: using behavioural, ecological, and molecular data to tell apart two closely related ants, Camponotus renggeri and Camponotus rufipes (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 176, 170–181.
  • Santschi, F. 1916e. Formicides sudaméricains nouveaux ou peu connus. Physis (B. Aires) 2: 365-399 (page 397, Subspecies of rufipes)
  • Sanz-Veiga, P. A., L. R. Jorge, S. Benitez-Vieyra, and F. W. Amorim. 2017. Pericarpial nectary-visiting ants do not provide fruit protection against pre-dispersal seed predators regardless of ant species composition and resource availability. PLoS ONE. 12. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0188445
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1923a. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der schwedischen entomologischen Reise des Herrn Dr. A. Roman in Amazonas 1914-1915. 7. Formicidae. Ark. Zool. 15(7 7: 1-6 (page 5, Subspecies of rufipes)