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Genus: Rhytidoponera   Mayr, 1862 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2016)

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, 1867aMayr, G. 1867a. Adnotationes in monographiam formicidarum Indo-Neerlandicarum. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 10:33-117. [1867] PDF 127217: 88 (diagnosis); Mayr, 1876Mayr, G. 1876. Die australischen Formiciden. Journal des Museum Godeffroy 12:56-115. [1876] PDF 127196: 90 (Australia species key); Mayr, 1887Mayr, G. 1887. Südamerikanische Formiciden. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 37:511-632. [1887-09] PDF 127201: 539 (diagnosis); Emery, 1911eEmery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118:1-125. [1911-09-09] PDF 124702: 36 (diagnosis, catalogue); Emery, 1912aEmery, C. 1912a. Revision der Rhytidoponera (subg. Chalcoponera) der metallica-Gruppe. (Hym.-Formic.). Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 1912:77-81. [1912-01-29] PDF 124705: 77 (Rhytidoponera metallica group revision, key); Clark, 1936Clark, J. 1936. A revision of Australian species of Rhytidoponera Mayr (Formicidae). Memoirs of the National Museum of Victoria 9:14-89. [1936-11] PDF 123632: 16 (Australia species key); Chapman & Capco, 1951Chapman, J. W.; Capco, S. R. 1951. Check list of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Asia. Monographs of the Institute of Science and Technology. Manila 1:1-327. [1951] PDF 123583: 25, 27 (Asia Chalcoponera, Rhytidoponera checklists); Brown, 1954gBrown, W. L., Jr. 1954g. Systematic and other notes on some of the smaller species of the ant genus Rhytidoponera Mayr. Breviora 33:1-11. [1954-05-14] PDF 123110}: 2 (Rhytidoponera impressa & Rhytidoponera metallica groups, species); Brown, 1958gBrown, W. L., Jr. 1958g. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. II. Tribe Ectatommini (Hymenoptera). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 118:173-362. [1958-06] PDF 123146}: 197, 288 (review of genus, New Caledonia species key); Wilson, 1958gWilson, E. O. 1958g. Studies on the ant fauna of Melanesia III. Rhytidoponera in western Melanesia and the Moluccas. IV. The tribe Ponerini. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 119:303-371. [1958-08] PDF 130355: 304 (Melanesia & Moluccas species key); Ward, 1980aWard, P. S. 1980a. A systematic revision of the Rhytidoponera impressa group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Australia and New Guinea. Australian Journal of Zoology 28:475-498. [1980-08-26] PDF 129611: 478 (Australia & New Guinea Rhytidoponera impressa group, key); Ward, 1984Ward, P. S. 1984. A revision of the ant genus Rhytidoponera (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in New Caledonia. Australian Journal of Zoology 32:131-175. [1984-03-09] PDF 129601: 135 (New Caledonia species key); Taylor & Brown, 1985Taylor, R. W.; Brown, D. R. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2:1-149, 306-348. [1985] 129218: 40 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987aTaylor, R. W. 1987a. A checklist of the ants of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Entomology Report 41:1-92. [1987-06] PDF 129202: 67 (Australia, New Caledonia & New Zealand checklist); Bolton, 1995aBolton, B. 1995a. A taxonomic and zoogeographical census of the extant ant taxa (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Natural History 29:1037-1056. [1995-08] PDF 122859: 1052 (census); Bolton, 1995bBolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. [1995-10] 122860: 378 (catalogue); Shattuck, 1999Shattuck, S. O. 1999. Australian ants. Their biology and identification. Collingwood, Victoria: CSIRO Publishing, xi + 226 pp. [1999-01] 132308: 204 (Australia synopsis); Heterick, 2009Heterick, B. E. 2009. A guide to the ants of south-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 76:1-206. PDF 131481: 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.


Australian Region: Australia, Barrow Island, Lord Howe Island, New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Queensland, Solomon Islands, Western Australia
Eurasian Region: Denmark
Pacific Islands Region: Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Vanuatu
South East Asia Region: Borneo, Philippines

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

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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