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Species: Odontomachus ruficeps   Smith, 1858 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Odontomachus ruficeps Smith, 1858a PDF: 81 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Forel, 1910b PDF: 10 (m.).
Senior synonym of Odontomachus acutidens, Odontomachus coriarius, Odontomachus magnus, Odontomachus obscura, Odontomachus rubriceps, Odontomachus rufescens, Odontomachus semicircularis, Odontomachus septentrionalis, Odontomachus sharpei: Brown, 1976a: 105.
See also: Crawley, 1922a PDF: 438; Brown, 1976a: 120.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Oceania: Australia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

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

14. Odontomachus ruficepsHNS. B.M.

Worker. Length 5 1/2 lines.-Head red; the thorax, legs and abdomen dark rufo-fuscous. The mandibles distinctly serrated on their inner edge, abruptly bent at their apex and armed with two stout blunt teeth, with a smaller tooth in the middle of their fork; the head delicately striated, the striae longitudinal on the prominence which extends from the insertion of the antennae to the junction of the lateral sulcations on the face; the vertex obliquely striated, as well as the anterior sulcations. Thorax striated, the striation of the prothorax having a circular direction; that on the meso- and metathorax transverse; the legs palest at the joints. The abdominal peduncle spined at the apex, as in O. haematodes, and striated transversely. The abdomen ovate, smooth and shining.

Hab. Australia,

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 9 times found in Rainforest, 3 times found in Open woody savannah, 2 times found in Dry savannah, dry sclerophyll, 1 times found in dry sclero, dry savanna, 1 times found in Rainforest with Melaleuca, 1 times found in Eucalypt, open woodland, 1 times found in riparian closed forest, 1 times found in eucalyptus woodland, 1 times found in Saltbush/mallee remnant near paddocks; red soil, 1 times found in Heath, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 8 times Sieved litter, 4 times Under stone, 4 times Litter, 2 times ground forager, 2 times soil, 1 times On grd., 1 times Under log, 1 times Nocturnal ground strays, 1 times Ground strays at night, 1 times ground foragers.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 11 times Berlesate, 1 times By hand, 1 times Berlesate, stick brushing, 1 times ex pitfall trap, 1 times hand collected, 1 times Site GP1.

Elevations: collected from 4 - 640 meters, 296 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype of Odontomachus ruficeps: casent0900646; Holotype of Odontomachus septentrionalis: casent0900648; syntype of Odontomachus coriarius: casent0900647, casent0915900; syntype of Odontomachus coriarius magnus: casent0915901; syntype of Odontomachus coriarius semicircularis: casent0915902; syntype of Odontomachus ruficeps acutidens: casent0901488; syntype of Odontomachus ruficeps acutidens: casent0907436; syntype of Odontomachus ruficeps rubriceps: casent0907438; syntype of Odontomachus ruficeps rufescens: casent0907439; syntype of Odontomachus sharpei: casent0907443; type of Odontomachus coriarius: focol1070; type of Odontomachus coriarius obscura: casent0901487

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