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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Camponotus
Subgenus: Thlipsepinotus
Santschi, 1928
Type species
Camponotus claripes

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Specimen Labels

Pinch-back Carpenter Ants

Santschi (1928) separated a number of species out of Myrmophyma sensu Emery (1925) into their own subgenus, which he designated Thlipsepinotus.

Diagnosis. Santschi (1928). - "Vertex of head moderately swollen, with little or no dimples anteriorly in majors. Meosoma broad and depressed anteriorly with pronotum usually bordered, while propodeum strongly compressed, with posterior face longer than dorsal face, meeting of these two faces usually very oblique or abrupt, both sides very narrow in workers of all sizes. In general, eyes situated more anteriorly than Myrmophyma [sensu Santschi]. These ants were treated by Forel as members of his subgenus Myrmogonia [now synonymized with Colobopsis."

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

Thlipsepinotus is currently a subgenus of Camponotus.


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

  • THLIPSEPINOTUS [subgenus of Camponotus]
    • Thlipsepinotus Santschi, 1928e: 483 [as subgenus of Camponotus]. Type-species: Camponotus claripes, by original designation.


  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 119, Thlipsepinotus as subgenus of Camponotus)
  • Santschi, F. 1928e. Nouvelles fourmis d'Australie. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 56: 465-483 (page 483, Thlipsepinotus as subgenus of Camponotus)