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Species: Rhytidoponera metallica   (Smith, 1858) 

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See Also:

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

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)

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: Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, New Zealand, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia

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, 2 times found in roadside, 3 times found in mallee, 3 times found in native veg., rural environ., 1 times found in wet sclerophyll, 2 times found in sclerophyl forest, 1 times found in coastal scrub, 2 times found in Banksia, eucalyptus shrubs, 1 times found in grassland, ...

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

Collected most commonly using these methods: 3 times Pitfall, 6 times Ground forager, 1 times By hand, 2 times ex pitfall trap, 1 times Ground nest, 2 times search, 0 times berlesate, 1 times under stone.

Elevations: collected from 3 - 1000 meters, 349 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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