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Camponotus manni is endemic to the Fiji Islands. The species belongs to the Camponotus dentata group. The dentatus group is one of the worlds most peculiar radiations of Camponotus species. The armored cuticle, heavy sculpturing and conspicuous spines make them appear more ponerine or myrmicine than formicine. In the field they move slowly and deliberately without the timid or frenetic gestures that characterize most of their congeners. Although workers are encountered rarely, they can occasionally be found foraging on vegetation or tree trunks. Nests have avoided discovery by collectors and are thus likely to occur either high in trees or deep inside them. During the most recent Fijian ant survey, it was only collected from the island of Taveuni where it was caught in malaise traps and foraging on vegetation. Previous collectors took it from several localities in Vanua Levu.
Camponotus manni and C. manni subsp. umbratilis were described by W. M. Wheeler from specimens originally assigned to C. dentatus by Mann (Wheeler, 1934). Wheeler discusses a number of character differences between of C. manni and C. umbratilis that, upon inspection of additional material, do not appear to consistently separate the two. A more reliable way to separate C. manni from the other species of the bryani complex is the reduced pilosity, which is discussed in more detail under the notes for C. umbratilis.