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Species: Polyrhachis bihamata   (Drury, 1773) 

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See Also:

Polyrhachis bihamata minor, Polyrhachis bihamata perplexa, Polyrhachis bihamata tonsilis

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2015)

1 subspecies

Formica bihamata Drury, 1773 PDF: 73, pl. 38, figs. 7, 8 (w.) MADAGASCAR (Johanna I.). Malagasy. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

[Locality in error, see Bolton, 1973b PDF: 352.].
Combination in Polyrhachis: Smith, 1857a PDF: 59.
Senior synonym of Polyrhachis affinis Le Guillou: Mayr, 1872 PDF: 139; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF}: 259; of Polyrhachis minor Karavaiev, Polyrhachis perplexa, Polyrhachis tonsilis: Hung, 1970 PDF: 16; Kohout, 1998: 508.


Java, Laos, Sumatra, Philippines, India, China

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Smith, F.:
Formica bihamata, Drury , Ins. ii. pl. 38. f. 7, 8 [[worker]].
Fabr. Syst. Ent.394.21; Ent. Syst. ii.361.49; Syst. Piez, 411, 66.
Sulz. Gesch. Ins. t. 27. f. 19.
Oliv. Encycl. Meth. vi. 499.
Latr. Hist. Nat. Fourm. 127.
Polyrhachis bihamatus , Smith, Proc. Linn. Soc. ii. 59.
Hab. India; Sumatra; Borneo.
The specimens received from Borneo are much smaller and of a paler colour than those from India; there is also a slight difference in the form of the curved spines which arm the node of the abdomen, being parallel to each other full half of their length, whilst in examples from India the spines diverge from their base.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in 2° limestone rain forest, 1 times found in Old 2° rain forest

Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 2 times Hand collection

Elevations: collected from 396 - 655 meters, 590 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Polyrhachis bihamata perplexa: casent0912164; syntype of Polyrhachis bihamata tonsilis: casent0912165

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