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Species: Rhytidoponera metallica   (Smith, 1858) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

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.


   (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists) Species is native to: Australasia bioregion (based on species list records).

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, 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 wet sclerophyll forest, 0 times found in savanna woodland, 2 times found in low Eucalyptus woodland, 0 times found in Eucalyptus savannah, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 7 times Stray ground foragers, 2 times On grd, 4 times nest in soil, 4 times under stone, 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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