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Genus: Rhytidoponera   Mayr, 1862 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 104 valid species

Fossil: 3 valid species

Rhytidoponera Mayr, 1862 PDF: 731 [as subgenus of Ectatomma]. Type-species: Ponera araneoides, by subsequent designation of Emery, 1911e PDF: 37. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

[Type-species not Ponera metallica Smith, 1858 (now Rhytidoponera metallica (Smith, 1858)), unjustified subsequent designation by Wheeler, 1911g PDF: 172; discussed by Emery, 1912d PDF: 271; Wheeler, 1913a PDF: 79.]
Rhytidoponera as junior synonym of Ectatomma: Roger, 1863b PDF: 17.
[Ryhtidoponera: incorrect subsequent spelling by Forel, 1892c PDF: 334.]
[Ritidoponera: incorrect subsequent spelling by Santschi, 1932d: 11.]
Genus Rhytidoponera catalogues
Genus Rhytidoponera references
Mayr, 1867a PDF: 88 (diagnosis); Mayr, 1876 PDF: 90 (Australia species key (as Ectatomma)); Mayr, 1887 PDF: 539 (diagnosis); Emery, 1911e PDF: 36 (diagnosis); Emery, 1912a PDF: 77 (Rhytidoponera metallica group revision, key); Clark, 1936 PDF: 16 (Australia species key); Brown, 1954g PDF: 2 (Rhytidoponera impressa & Rhytidoponera metallica groups, species); Brown, 1958g PDF: 197, 288 (review of genus, New Caledonia species key); Wilson, 1958g PDF: 304 (Melanesia & Moluccas species key); Ward, 1980a PDF: 478 (Australia & New Guinea Rhytidoponera impressa group, key); Ward, 1984 PDF: 135 (New Caledonia species key); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1052 (census); Shattuck, 1999: 204 (Australia synopsis); Andersen, 2007 PDF: 41 (Australia species groups); Heterick, 2009 PDF: 137 (south-western Australia species key); Boudinot, 2015 PDF: 56 (male identification); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 145 (brief male diagnosis); Heterick, 2021 10.18195/issn.0313-122x.86.2021.001-245 PDF: 62 (Western Australia species key); Camacho et al., 2022 10.1093/isd/ixab026 PDF: 12 (diagnosis).

Taxon Page Images:

The green-headed ant Rhytidoponera metallica is a common soil-nesting ant in urban areas throughout Australia. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Image © Alex Wild. // Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Asia: Indonesia, Philippines, Timor-Leste
    Oceania: Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Australasia, Indomalaya

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Rhytidoponera   Mayr, G., 1862, Myrmecologische Studien., Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 12, pp. 649-776: 731, (download) 731 4445
Rhytidoponera   Crawley W. C., 1915, Ants from north and south-west Australia (G. F. Hill, Rowland Turner) and Christmas Island, Straits Settlements. Part 2, Ann. Mag Natur. Hist. 15, pp. 232-239: 232-233, (download) 232-233 6192

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