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Species: Rhytidoponera metallica   (Smith, 1858) 

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Rhytidoponera metallica carbonaria, Rhytidoponera metallica cristulata, Rhytidoponera metallica cristulatum, Rhytidoponera metallica inornata, Rhytidoponera metallica jdm1097, Rhytidoponera metallica jdm1098, Rhytidoponera metallica modestum, Rhytidoponera metallica obscurum, Rhytidoponera metallica purpurascens, Rhytidoponera metallica scrobiculatum, Rhytidoponera metallica tasmaniensis, Rhytidoponera metallica varians

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2016)

1 subspecies

Ponera metallica Smith, 1858a PDF: 94 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA. Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Ecataomma (Rhytidoponera): Mayr, 1862 PDF: 732; in Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera): Emery, 1897: 548.
Senior synonym of Rhytidoponera caeciliae, Rhytidoponera pulchra, Rhytidoponera purpurascens, Rhytidoponera varians: Brown, 1958g PDF}: 204.


Australasia Region: Australia, New Zealand

Distribution Notes:

Napier city


urban areas


first record in NZ; 1959 (Taylor 1961)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 3 times found in dry sclerophyll, 5 times found in Mallee and Triodia on sand dune, 3 times found in mallee, 2 times found in roadside, 3 times found in native veg., rural environ., 1 times found in grassland, 2 times found in mallee and spinifex on sand, 0 times found in wet sclerophyll, 2 times found in wet sclerophyll forest, 0 times found in savanna woodland, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 7 times Stray ground foragers, 2 times On grd, 4 times nest in soil, 4 times under stone, 3 times soil, 0 times under rock, 0 times leaf litter, 2 times Ground nest, 0 times Ground foragers, 1 times On rock, 2 times on low vegetation, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 3 times Pitfall, 1 times By hand, 2 times ex pitfall trap, 2 times search, 0 times berlesate.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 1000 meters, 388 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype of Chalcoponera pulchra: antweb1008158; Lectotype of Rhytidoponera metallica: casent0900527; syntype: anic32-011948; syntype of Rhytidoponera caeciliae: casent0915139; syntype of Rhytidoponera metallica varians: casent0915140; syntype of Rhytidoponera metallica varians: casent0907159; type of Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera) caeciliae: focol2887, focol2888

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