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Species: Rhytidoponera metallica

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2014)

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., 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, 2 times found in low Eucalyptus woodland, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 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: Lectotype of Rhytidoponera metallica: casent0900527; syntype: anic32-011948; syntype of Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera) caeciliae: casent0915139; syntype of Rhytidoponera metallica varians: casent0915140; syntype of Rhytidoponera metallica varians: casent0907159

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