Camponotus schaefferi

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Camponotus schaefferi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Species: C. schaefferi
Binomial name
Camponotus schaefferi
Wheeler, W.M., 1909

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Specimen labels

This carpenter ant nests in dead oak limbs and inside living trunks of half-dead Emory oaks. They are very agile and difficult to capture.


This is an unusual member of the subgenus Camponotus. The teeth on the anterior border of the clypeus are well-developed, the sides of the head of the major are nearly parallel, or even slightly wider anterior to the eyes, the scapes have erect hairs, but the remainder of the ant has few erect hairs, and the anterior and posterior faces of the petiole are nearly parallel. The entire ant is yellowish-brown or reddish brown. (Mackay and Mackay 2002)


Arizona and New Mexico.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: United States (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Scrubby ponderosa pine, Arizona oak, oak pine-juniper woods, oak foothills, from elevations of 1,520 - 2,440 m. (Mackay and Mackay 2002)





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

  • schaefferi. Camponotus schaefferi Wheeler, W.M. 1909e: 88 (s.w.q.) U.S.A. Wheeler, W.M. 1910d: 344 (s.). Combination in C. (Myrmentoma): Emery, 1920b: 257; in C. (Camponotus): Forel, 1914a: 266; Creighton, 1950a: 371.



  • Creighton, W. S. 1950a. The ants of North America. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 104: 1-585 (page 371, Combination in C. (Camponotus))
  • Emery, C. 1920b. Le genre Camponotus Mayr. Nouvel essai de la subdivision en sous-genres. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 8: 229-260 (page 257, Combination in C. (Myrmentoma))
  • Forel, A. 1914a. Le genre Camponotus Mayr et les genres voisins. Rev. Suisse Zool. 22: 257-276 (page 266, Combination in C. (Camponotus))
  • Mackay, W. P. and E. Mackay. 2002. The ants of New Mexico (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY.
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1909e. A decade of North American Formicidae. J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 17: 77-90 (page 88, worker, queen described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1910g. The North American ants of the genus Camponotus Mayr. Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 20: 295-354 (page 344, soldier described)