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Genus: Rhytidoponera   Mayr, 1862 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)

Extant: 104 species

Fossil: 3 species

Rhytidoponera Mayr, 1862 PDF: 731 [as subgenus of Ectatomma]. Type-species: Ponera araneoides, by subsequent designation of Emery, 1911e PDF: 37. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

[Type-species not Ponera metallica, unjustified subsequent designation by Wheeler, 1911g PDF: 172; see Emery, 1912d PDF: 271 and Wheeler, 1913a PDF: 79.].
Rhytidoponera in Ponerinae, Ectatommini: Emery, 1895l PDF: 767; Emery, 1911e PDF: 26; Forel, 1917 PDF: 236; Wheeler, 1922: 643; all subsequent authors to the following.
Rhytidoponera as junior synonym of Ectatomma: Roger, 1863b: 17.
Rhytidoponera as genus: Emery, 1897: 547; Emery, 1911e PDF: 36; Wheeler, 1913a PDF: 79; Forel, 1917 PDF: 236; Wheeler, 1922: 643; all subsequent authors.
Genus Rhytidoponera references
Mayr, 1867a PDF: 88 (diagnosis); Mayr, 1876 PDF: 90 (Australia species key); Mayr, 1887 PDF: 539 (diagnosis); Emery, 1911e PDF: 36 (diagnosis, catalogue); Emery, 1912a PDF: 77 (Rhytidoponera metallica group revision, key); Clark, 1936 PDF: 16 (Australia species key); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 25, 27 (Asia Chalcoponera, Rhytidoponera checklists); Brown, 1954g PDF: 2 (Rhytidoponera impressa & Rhytidoponera metallica groups, species); Brown, 1958g PDF: 197, 288 (review of genus, New Caledonia species key); Wilson, 1958g PDF: 304 (Melanesia & Moluccas species key); Ward, 1980a PDF: 478 (Australia & New Guinea Rhytidoponera impressa group, key); Ward, 1984 PDF: 135 (New Caledonia species key); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 40 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 67 (Australia, New Caledonia & New Zealand checklist); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1052 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 378 (catalogue); Shattuck, 1999: 204 (Australia synopsis); Heterick, 2009 PDF: 137 (south-western Australia species key); Boudinot, 2015 PDF: 56 (male identification); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 145 (brief male diagnosis)

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The green-headed ant Rhytidoponera metallica is a common soil-nesting ant in urban areas throughout Australia. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Image © Alex Wild.


   Genus is native to: Australasia, Indomalaya bioregions (based on species list records).

Australasia Region: Australia, Australia and New Zealand, Australian Capital Territory, Barrow Island, Central, Chimbu, East Sepik, Guadalcanal, Gulf, Lord Howe Island, Madang, Maluku, Manus, Milne Bay, Morobe, New Caledonia, New Ireland, New South Wales, New Zealand, Nord, Northern, Northern Territory, Oceania, Otago, Papua, Papua Barat, Papua New Guinea, Queensland, Solomon Islands, South Australia, Sud, Tasmania, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu, Victoria, West New Britain, West Sepik, Western, Western Australia, Western Highlands
Indomalaya Region: Asia, Indonesia, Philippines, South-Eastern Asia
Oceania Region: Melanesia

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Rhytidoponera   Mayr, G., 1862, Myrmecologische Studien., Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 12, pp. 649-776: 731, (download) 731 4445
Rhytidoponera   Crawley W. C., 1915, Ants from north and south-west Australia (G. F. Hill, Rowland Turner) and Christmas Island, Straits Settlements. Part 2, Ann. Mag Natur. Hist. 15, pp. 232-239: 232-233, (download) 232-233 6192

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