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Genus: Rhytidoponera   Mayr, 1862 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2015)

Extant: 105 species, 2 subspecies

Fossil: 1 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).

Taxon Page Images:

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

Taxon Page Author History

On 2013-08-23 11:07:28 Zach Lieberman modified Images
On 2013-08-23 11:06:58 Zach Lieberman modified Images

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