Polyrhachis compressicornis

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Polyrhachis compressicornis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrma
Species: P. compressicornis
Binomial name
Polyrhachis compressicornis
Smith, F., 1860

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Specimen Labels

Polyrhachis compressicornis appears to be a very rare species that was absent from all recent Sulawesian collections examined. The types in OXUM and a single worker in BMNH are the only specimens I have seen. (Kohout 2008)


A member of the Polyrhachis relucens species group in the subgenus Myrma

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

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.

  • compressicornis. Polyrhachis compressicornis Smith, F. 1860a: 69 (w.q.) INDONESIA (Sulawesi). Combination in P. (Myrma): Emery, 1925b: 200.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Type Material

Kohout (2008) - Syntype worker, queen. INDONESIA, SULAWESI, Makassar (A.R. Wallace), Oxford University Museum of Natural History (examined).

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

One worker syntype and one dealate queen syntype in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Mak.” (= Makassar, Sulawesi), the worker with a Donisthorpe type-label.

Smith did not give a type-locality in the original description of this species. The only specimens in Oxford University Museum of Natural History that met the original description of this species were these two from Makassar, the worker of which was already regarded as a type by Donisthorpe. I can find no reason to doubt his designation.