Podomyrma basalis

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Podomyrma basalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Podomyrma
Species: P. basalis
Binomial name
Podomyrma basalis
Smith, F., 1859

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia.
Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality), 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.

  • basalis. Podomyrma basalis Smith, F. 1859a: 147 (w.) INDONESIA (Aru I.). Smith, F. 1863: 19 (q.). Senior synonym of nigra: Taylor, 1999: 173. Current subspecies: nominal plus brunnea, nigrescens, reyi, salomo, woodfordi.
  • nigra. Podomyrma striata var. nigra Stitz, 1938: 102 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Junior synonym of basalis: Taylor, 1999: 173.

Type Material

  • Podomyrma basalis: Syntype, worker(s), Aru, Indonesia, The Natural History Museum.
  • Podomyrma striata nigra Stitz, 1938: Syntype, worker(s), Papua New Guinea.

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

Podomyrma basalis

Two worker syntypes in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Aru,” and each with the figure “4” in the lower left corner of the stage card.

The four species described by Smith (1859a) were the first species in Podomyrma after he had defined the genus. The numbers written on the stage cards of his specimens correspond to the order of description of the four species: 1 femorata, 2 striata, 3 laevifrons, 4 basalis.



  • 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 147, worker described)
  • Smith, F. 1863a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace in the islands of Mysol, Ceram, Waigiou, Bouru and Timor. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 7: 6-48 (page 19, queen described)
  • Taylor, R. W. 1999. Nomenclatural changes in the Australasian ant genus Podomyrma Fredrick Smith (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae). Sociobiology 34: 173-174 (page 173, Senior synonym of nigra)