Odontomachus tyrannicus

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Odontomachus tyrannicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Odontomachus
Species: O. tyrannicus
Binomial name
Odontomachus tyrannicus
Smith, F., 1859

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality), New Guinea.

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • tyrannicus. Odontomachus tyrannicus Smith, F. 1859a: 144 (w.) INDONESIA (Aru I.). Emery, 1897d: 557 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1952c: 652 (l.). Senior synonym of obsolescens: Wilson, 1959a: 501.
  • obsolescens. Odontomachus tyrannicus var. obsolescens Donisthorpe, 1940c: 106 (w.m.) NEW GUINEA. Junior synonym of tyrannicus: Wilson, 1959a: 501.

Type Material

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Odontomachus tyrannicus

Holotype worker, in Oxford University Museum of Natural History; “Aru 54”, and also with a Donisthorpe type-label. A second worker is present, from Waigeo I.



  • Emery, C. 1897d. Viaggio di Lamberto Loria nella Papuasia orientale. XVIII. Formiche raccolte nella Nuova Guinea dal Dott. Lamberto Loria. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 38[=(2(18): 546-576 (page 557, queen described)
  • Smith, F. 1859a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace at the islands of Aru and Key. [part]. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 3: 132-158 (page 144, worker described)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1952c. The ant larvae of the subfamily Ponerinae - Part II. Am. Midl. Nat. 48: 604-672 (page 652, larva described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 1959c. Studies on the ant fauna of Melanesia V. The tribe Odontomachini. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 120: 483-510 (page 501, Senior synonym of obsolescens)