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Genus: Opisthopsis   Dalla Torre, 1893 


Classification:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)

13 species, 7 subspecies

Taxonomic history

[Replacement name for Myrmecopsis Smith, 1865a PDF: 68; junior homonym of Myrmecopsis Newman, 1850 PDF: cxxii (Lepidoptera).].
Opisthopsis in Camponotinae: Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 219.
Opisthopsis in Formicinae, Camponotini: Wheeler, 1922: 700; Emery, 1925d PDF: 54; all subsequent authors except the following.
Genus Opisthopsis references
Forel, 1878c PDF: 369 (diagnosis); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 219 (catalogue); Emery, 1896j: 378 (catalogue); Emery, 1925d PDF: 54 (diagnosis, catalogue); Wheeler, 1918d PDF: 345 (diagnosis, all species key); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 256 (Asia checklist); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 127 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 50 (Australia checklist); Bolton, 1994: 50 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1051 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 300 (catalogue); Shattuck, 1999: 103 (Australia synopsis); Bolton, 2003 PDF: 121 (synopsis).

Taxon Page Images:



Opisthopsis haddoni strobe ant. These insects have large eyes well-placed for seeing in all directions, making them rather difficult for a field photographer to approach. Iron Range National Park, Queensland, Australia.
Image © Alex Wild.

Distribution:

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

Australasia Region: Australia, Australia and New Zealand, Barrow Island, Madang, Maluku, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Queensland, Solomon Islands, South Australia, Western Australia
Indomalaya Region: Asia, Indonesia, South-Eastern Asia
Oceania Region: Melanesia


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