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Camponotus depressus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Myrmomalis
Forel, 1914
Type species
Camponotus depressus

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Specimen labels

Flat Carpenter Ants

Diagnosis. Emery (1925). - "Worker and queen. - Entire body flat, appearing as if these ants have been crushed; caste dimorphism only slightly pronounced. This small group of ants resembles C. crassus, of which all body parts are lengthened and depressed. Head extremely depressed, especially in C. obtritus, Emery and depressus, Mayr, head narrower anteriorly than posteriorly, with eyes set very close to posterior head margin which is almost straight in minors; lateral head margins more-or-less parallel in majors; in majors, eyes set more anteriorly. Clypeus and frontal carinae roughly same as Myrmobrachys; in C. obtritus carinae very short, and antennal insertions situated almost at midlength of carinae. Mesosoma more-or-less elongate and depressed; dorsum continuous; pronotum rounded or subbordered. Petiolar scale thick or almost nodiform. Legs long, bristly with black setae, tibiae more-or-less compressed, highest degree of compression occurring in C. obliterus. Cuticle black, matte.

Geographical distribution of species. - Brazil: Amazon Basin, Sao Paulo."

(Translated and edited by B. E. Boudinot, 19 February 2017.)

Myrmomalis is currently a subgenus of Camponotus.


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

  • MYRMOMALIS [subgenus of Camponotus]
    • Myrmomalis Forel, 1914a: 263 [as subgenus of Camponotus]. Type-species: Camponotus depressus, by original designation.


  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 116, Myrmomalis as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Emery, C. 1920b. Le genre Camponotus Mayr. Nouvel essai de la subdivision en sous-genres. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 8: 229-260 (page 251, Myrmomalis as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 169, Myrmomalis as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Forel, A. 1914a. Le genre Camponotus Mayr et les genres voisins. Rev. Suisse Zool. 22: 257-276 (page 263, Myrmomalis as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Forel, A. 1917. Cadre synoptique actuel de la faune universelle des fourmis. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 51: 229-253 (page 251, Myrmomalis as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922i. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VII. Keys to the genera and subgenera of ants. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 631-710 (page 710, Myrmomalis as subgenus of Camponotus)