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Species: Rhytidoponera metallica   (Smith, 1858) 

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

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2015)

1 subspecies

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

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.


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, 2 times found in roadside, 3 times found in mallee, 3 times found in native veg., rural environ., 0 times found in wet sclerophyll, 2 times found in wet sclerophyll forest, 2 times found in low Eucalyptus woodland, 0 times found in savanna woodland, 0 times found in Eucalyptus savannah, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 3 times Pitfall, 2 times search, 1 times By hand, 2 times ex pitfall trap, 0 times berlesate

Elevations: collected from 5 - 1000 meters, 377 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

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