Camponotus gigas gigas
English : Giant forest ant
French : Fourmi géante des forêts d’Asie
Class : Insecta
Order : Hymenoptera
Family : Formicidae
Notes : 1 other subspecies known.
One of the world’s biggest ants with queens and soldiers reaching over 2 .8cm in length. Heart-shaped head with strong jaws. Long black legs with brown underleg. Black head and thorax, abdomen chestnut-brown.
Range and habitat
The species occurs in South-east Asia, from southern Thailand to Peninsular Malaysia south to Sumatra and Borneo. Subspecies found in mainland Southeast Asia and Sumatra. Lives in primary and secondary forests.
IUCN RED LIST : NOT LISTED
CITES : Not listed
Status : The species’ status has yet to be assessed. It appears to be common even in secondary forests but could become threatened by deforestation.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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