Polyrhachis melpomene

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Polyrhachis melpomene
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrmhopla
Species: P. melpomene
Binomial name
Polyrhachis melpomene
Emery, 1897

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • melpomene. Polyrhachis melpomene Emery, 1897d: 592 (w.q.) NEW GUINEA. Combination in P. (Myrmhopla): Emery, 1925b: 195. Senior synonym of dolichocephala: Kohout, 1998: 514.
  • dolichocephala. Polyrhachis dolichocephala Viehmeyer, 1914c: 532, fig. 5 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Combination in P. (Dolichorhachis): Emery, 1925b: 189; in P. (Hedomyrma): Dorow, 1995: 27. Junior synonym of melpomene: Kohout, 1998: 514.



  • Emery, C. 1897e. Viaggio di Lamberto Loria nella Papuasia orientale. XVIII. Formiche raccolte nella Nuova Guinea dal Dott. Lamberto Loria. [concl.]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 38[=(2(18): 577-594 (page 592, worker, queen described)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 195, Combination in P. (Myrmhopla))
  • Kohout, R. J. 1998. New synonyms and nomenclatural changes in the ant genus Polyrhachis Fr. Smith (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). Mem. Qld. Mus. 42: 505-531 (page 514, Senior synonym of dolichocephala)