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Species: Camponotus blandus   (Smith, 1858) 

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See Also:

Camponotus blandus aequinotus, Camponotus blandus chacoanus, Camponotus blandus denudatus, Camponotus blandus mendozensis, Camponotus blandus pellita, Camponotus blandus pellitus, Camponotus blandus pronotalis, Camponotus blandus semiceps

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)

3 subspecies

Formica blanda Smith, 1858a PDF: 43 (w.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history


Neotropical Region: Aragua, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Francisco Morazán, French Guiana, Guanacaste, Guyana, Honduras, Para, Paraguay, Puntarenas, Rupununi, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela

Distribution Notes:

Costa Rica to Argentina. Costa Rica: seasonally dry areas of northwestern lowlands.


Natural History:

In Costa Rica, this species appears to be an inhabitant of open, disturbed areas in the seasonally dry areas of northwestern Costa Rica. I know it from two collections of foragers, one from a city park in the middle of Liberia, and one from sweepnetting scrubby roadside vegetation along the road to Monteverde, near the PanAmerican highway. I have never seen a nest.


Smith, F. 1858. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Camponotus blandus   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 41, (download) 41 21367
Camponotus blandus   Forel, A., 1908, Fourmis de Costa-Rica, récoltées par M. Paul Biolley., Bulletin de la Societe Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles 44, pp. 35-72: 72, (download) 72 4014

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in savanna, 1 times found in scrubby riparian vegetation, 1 times found in farm, 1 times found in agricultural/urban, 1 times found in city park, 1 times found in coastal dry scrub.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times Sweep sample of roadside vegetation., 1 times on ground, 1 times on cashew, 1 times general collecting, 1 times foragers on ground.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 3 times search.

Elevations: collected from 10 - 800 meters, 165 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype of Camponotus blandus: casent0903612; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Camponotus blandus rosariensis mendozensis: casent0910629, casent0910630

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