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Species: Rhytidoponera metallica   (Smith, 1858) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Ponera metallica Smith, 1858a PDF: 94 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA (South Australia). Australasia. Primary type information: Type-material: lectotype worker (by designation of Brown, 1958g PDF: 275). Type-locality: lectotype Australia: South Australia, Adelaide, “Smith coll. pres. by Mrs Farren White. 99-103” (no collector’s name). Type-depository: BMNH. Secondary type information: Paratype-material: 1 paralectotype worker. Paratype-locality: same as for lectotype. Paratype-depository: BMNH. Type notes: The original syntype queen has apparently been lost. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Lectotype designation: Brown, 1958g PDF: 275.
Combination in Ectatomma: Roger, 1863b PDF: 17; Emery, 1887f PDF: 444.
Combination in Chalcoponera: Wheeler, 1935g: 10.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Oceania: Australia, New Zealand
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
  Native to (according to species list records):
    Australasia bioregion

Distribution Notes:

Napier city


urban areas


first record in NZ; 1959 (Taylor 1961)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 7 times found in dry sclerophyll, 5 times found in Mallee and Triodia on sand dune, 4 times found in roadside, 4 times found in mallee, 3 times found in native veg., rural environ., 3 times found in wet sclerophyll, 2 times found in Banksia, eucalyptus shrubs, 2 times found in grassland, 2 times found in mallee and spinifex on sand, 2 times found in wet sclerophyll forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 7 times under stone, 7 times Stray ground foragers, 6 times nest in soil, 6 times ground forager, 2 times On grd, 3 times Ground nest, 3 times under rock, 3 times soil, 2 times litter, 2 times leaf litter, 2 times Ground foragers, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 6 times Pitfall, 2 times search, 1 times By hand, 1 times direct collection, 2 times ex pitfall trap, 1 times berlesate.

Elevations: collected from 3 - 1000 meters, 332 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1913-12-31 00:00:00.0 and 2014-07-08 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Holotype of Chalcoponera pulchra: antweb1008158; Lectotype of Rhytidoponera metallica: casent0900527; Paratype: sam-hym-c005170, sam-hym-c005171; syntype: anic32-011948; syntype of Rhytidoponera caeciliae: casent0915139; syntype of Rhytidoponera metallica varians: casent0915140; syntype of Rhytidoponera metallica varians: casent0907159; type of Rhytidoponera caeciliae: focol2887, focol2888

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