Polyrhachis erato

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

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Specimen Labels


P. erato nests in tree cavities or under bark on tree trunks, and is distributed from north to south Queensland on the eastern side of the Great Dividing Range. It occurs in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from open Eucalyptus forests to the coastal wallum communities. (Kohout 1988)



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

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.

  • erato. Polyrhachis erato Forel, 1902h: 512 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in P. (Hedomyrma): Emery, 1925b: 189. Senior synonym of aeschyle: Kohout, 1988c: 434.
  • aeschyle. Polyrhachis (Hedomyrma) aeschyle Forel, 1915b: 111 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of erato: Kohout, 1988c: 434.

Type Material

  • Polyrhachis erato: Syntype, worker(s), Mackay, Queensland, Australia, Australian National Insect Collection.
  • Polyrhachis (Hedomyrma) aeschyle Forel, 1915: Holotype, uncertain, Ravenshoe (as Cedar Creek), Queensland, Australia.



  • 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 512, 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 434, Senior synonym of aeschyle)