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Genus: Opisthopsis   Dalla Torre, 1893 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 13 valid species, 7 valid subspecies

Opisthopsis Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 219. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Replacement name for Myrmecopsis Smith, 1865; junior homonym of Myrmecopsis (Lepidoptera) Newman, 1850 PDF: cxxii.
Opisthopsis in Camponotinae: Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 219.
Opisthopsis in Formicinae, Camponotini: Wheeler, 1922: 700; Emery, 1925d PDF: 54; all subsequent authors except the following.
Genus Opisthopsis references
Forel, 1878c PDF: 369 (diagnosis); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 219 (catalogue); Emery, 1896j PDF: 378 (catalogue); Emery, 1925d PDF: 54 (diagnosis, catalogue); Wheeler, 1918d PDF: 345 (diagnosis, all species key); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 256 (Asia checklist); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 127 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 50 (Australia checklist); Bolton, 1994: 50 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1051 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 300 (catalogue); Shattuck, 1999: 103 (Australia synopsis); Bolton, 2003 PDF: 121 (synopsis); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 166 (brief male diagnosis); Ward & Boudinot, 2021 10.3897/asp.79.e66978 PDF: 50 (male identification)

Taxon Page Images:

Opisthopsis haddoni strobe ant. These insects have large eyes well-placed for seeing in all directions, making them rather difficult for a field photographer to approach. Iron Range National Park, Queensland, Australia.
Image © Alex Wild. // Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Asia: Indonesia
    Oceania: Australia, Barrow Island, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Australasia, Palearctic

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