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Species: Polyrhachis viscosa   Smith, 1858 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Polyrhachis viscosus Smith, 1858a PDF: 71, pl. 4, fig. 41 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Polyrhachis (Myrma): Santschi, 1914b: 143.
Senior synonym of Polyrhachis antinorii: Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 271; of Polyrhachis imatongica, Polyrhachis spretula: Bolton, 1973b PDF: 330.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Santschi 1914b


Caste of types: (w)

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Polyrhachis viscosa   Forel, A., 1907, Ameisen von Madagaskar, den Comoren und Ostafrika., Ameisen von Madagaskar, den Comoren und Ostafrika (Reise in Ostafrika in den Jahren 1903 - 1905 mitteln der Hermann und Elise geb. Heckmann Wentzel-Stiftung ausgeführt von Professor Dr. Alfred, pp. 75-92: 92, (download) 92 8171
Polyrhachis (Myrma) viscosa   Santschi, F., 1914, Formicidae., Voyage de Ch. Alluaud et R. Jeannel en Afrique Orientale (1911 - 1912). Résultats scientifiques. Hyménoptères 2, pp. 41-148: 143, (download) 143 8111

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in Sclerocarya - Bolusanthus Open Woodland (in Sekhukhune Mountain Bushveld), 2 times found in Lydenburgia - Euclea Open Woodland (in Sekhukhune Mountain Bushveld), 1 times found in Rand Highveld Grassland, rocky ridge, 2 times found in Savannah For., 2 times found in Sekhukhune Mountain Bushveld, 1 times found in Gallery For., 1 times found in Miombo woodland/forest, 1 times found in Second. For., 1 times found in Uapaca-Protea Shrubland, 1 times found in Acacia-Commiphila scrub, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times Foraging, 1 times on tree.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 7 times Hand collected, 3 times Pitfall trap, 3 times Hand, 1 times Winkler, 1 times Leaf litter, Winkler, 1 times n3.

Elevations: collected from 50 - 1376 meters, 794 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Polyrhachis viscosa: casent0903462; syntype of Polyrhachis antinorii: casent0905621; syntype of Polyrhachis viscosa spretula: casent0912141; type of Polyrhachis viscosus: focol2586, focol2587, focol2588, focol2589

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