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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Myrmopiromis
Wheeler, W.M., 1921
Type species
Formica fulvopilosa, now Camponotus fulvopilosus

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Specimen Labels

Furry Carpenter Ants

(See also Orthonotomyrmex, Myrmepinotus, Myrmotrema, and Myrmisolepis.)

Diagnosis. Emery (1925) - "Workers and queens - Large to medium species; caste dimorphism somewhat marked. Head of majors and queens wider than long, narrower anteriorly, widely truncated or sometimes slightly emarginate posteriorly; head of minors similar, but less broad. Cheeks without large punctae, as are characteristic of which are characteristic for Myrmotrema. Clypeus medially carinate, sometimes carina absent in majors; clypeus with short, truncated, or rounded anterior lobe. Mesosomal dorsum arched, continuous (fulvopilosus niveosetosus groups), or more-or-less strongly impressed anterior to propodeum (chrysurus and sclaris groups); pronotum sometimes with mossy[?] tooth at the shoulders (fulvopilosus, ellioti [note: I do not know what Emery meant by "mousse"). Petiolar scale usually not thick, but thinned or sharp along margins. Cuticle matte, black or brown, most often lined with coarse, yellow, red, or white setae. Or with fine pubescence, forming gastral fur. Male. - Similar to Myrmepinotus. I know the males of C. fulvopilosus and C. darwini. The first has longer antennae, with scapes extending beyond posterior head margin by more than half their length; pedicel and flagellum as in Myrmepinotus.

Geographical distribution of species. - Southern and Eastern Africa, Madagascar, Mascareignes and Seychelles."

(Translated and edited by B. E. Boudinot, 17 February 2017.)

Myrmopiromis is currently a subgenus of Camponotus.


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

  • MYRMOPIROMIS [subgenus of Camponotus]
    • Myrmopiromis Wheeler, W.M. 1921a: 17 [as subgenus of Camponotus]. Type-species: Formica fulvopilosa, by subsequent designation of Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 707.


  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 118, Myrmopiromis as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 127, Myrmopiromis as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1921a. Professor Emery's subgenera of the genus Camponotus Mayr. Psyche (Camb.) 28: 16-19 (page 17, Myrmopiromis 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 707, Type-species: Formica fulvopilosa, by subsequent designation ; Myrmopiromis as subgenus of Camponotus)