Polyrhachis argentosa

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Polyrhachis argentosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Hedomyrma
Species: P. argentosa
Binomial name
Polyrhachis argentosa
Forel, 1902

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Specimen labels

Nests in plant cavities, typically in small hollow branches.

Identification

Kohout (1988) - P. argentosa is consistently smaller and more slender than Polyrhachis daemeli, with the pronotal sculpturation less coarse, and the mesonotal/propodeal dorsum convex in profile, whereas it is almost straight in P. daemeli. P. argentosa lacks pubescence on the gastral dorsum and has virtually no pilosity on the dorsal surfaces of the body, which are abundantly pilose in P. daemeli.

Distribution

Distribution is restricted to central and northern Queensland, where P. argentosa has been taken from Proserpine, south to Rundle Range, northwest of Gladstone (Kohout 1988).

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • argentosa. Polyrhachis daemeli r. argentosa Forel, 1902h: 515 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in P. (Hedomyrma): Emery, 1925b: 189. Raised to species: Kohout, 1988c: 431.

Type Material

Description

References

  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 189, Combination in P. (Hedomyrma))
  • Forel, A. 1902j. Fourmis nouvelles d'Australie. Rev. Suisse Zool. 10: 405-548 (page 515, worker described)
  • Kohout, R. J. 1988c. Nomenclatural changes and new Australian records in the ant genus Polyrhachis Fr. Smith (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). Mem. Qld. Mus. 25: 429-438 (page 431, Raised to species)