Opisthopsis rufithorax

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Opisthopsis rufithorax
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Opisthopsis
Species: O. rufithorax
Binomial name
Opisthopsis rufithorax
Emery, 1895

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Specimen Labels

Workers are rather timid and will rapidly dart to the opposite side of a tree-trunk or drop down on the ground when approached. (Heterick 2009)


Keys including this Species


Heterick (2009) - An Australia-wide distribution. Within the SWBP this ant is found mainly east and north of Perth.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).
Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • rufithorax. Opisthopsis rufithorax Emery, 1895g: 354, fig. 5 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Forel, 1915b: 95 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1970: 648 (l.); Imai, Crozier & Taylor, 1977: 347 (k.). See also: Wheeler, W.M. 1918d: 353.

Type Material



  • Emery, C. 1895h. Descriptions de quelques fourmis nouvelles d'Australie. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 39: 345-358 (page 354, fig. 5 worker described)
  • Forel, A. 1915b. Results of Dr. E. Mjöbergs Swedish Scientific Expeditions to Australia 1910-13. 2. Ameisen. Ark. Zool. 9(1 16: 1-119 (page 95, queen described)
  • Heterick, B. E. 2009a. A guide to the ants of South-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 76: 1-206. Part 2 PDF
  • Imai, H. T.; Crozier, R. H.; Taylor, R. W. 1977. Karyotype evolution in Australian ants. Chromosoma (Berl.) 59: 341-393 (page 347, karyotype described)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1970b. Ant larvae of the subfamily Formicinae: second supplement. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 63: 648-656 (page 648, larva described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1918d. The ants of the genus Opisthopsis Emery. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 62: 341-362 (page 353, see also)