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Species: Rhytidoponera purpurea   (Emery, 1887) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Ectatomma impressum var. purpureum Emery, 1887f PDF: 444 (w.q.) NEW GUINEA. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera): Emery, 1897: 549.
Raised to species and senior synonym of Rhytidoponera splendidum: Brown, 1954g PDF: 7.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Asia: Indonesia
    Oceania: Australia, Papua New Guinea
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 32 times found in Rainforest, 1 times found in Foraging in second growth Montane rainforest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times Ground strays, 1 times grd. forager(s), 1 times From nest in rotten log, 0 times foragers on shrubs and trees (mixed sample), 1 times ex rotten log, 1 times Under rotten log, 1 times sifted litter (leaf mould, rotten wood), 1 times rotting wood, 1 times rotten log, 1 times Pyrethrum knockdown, 0 times Pitfall trap, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 10 times Berlesate, 2 times direct collection, 2 times Pyrethrum, 2 times Pyrethrum knockdown.

Elevations: collected from 100 - 1250 meters, 694 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Ectatomma impressum splendidum: casent0907156; syntype of Ectatomma impressum purpureum: casent0903823

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