Kohout (2013): Polyrhachis micans is the oldest known species of micans group, apparently first collected by Amelia Dietrich, a collector ‘extraordinaire’ for the former Museum Godeffroy in Hamburg. In spite of being a well known species occurring in an easily accessible part of the country, from about Mackay south to Gladstone, P. micans is poorly represented in most collections examined. It has apparently become a relatively rare species, perhaps due to the clearance of its natural habitat for vast areas of sugar cane plantations.
A member of the Polyrhachis micans species-group. Kohout (2013) - Polyrhachis micans is characterised by a petiole armed with four, almost uniformly distributed spines of subequal length. It is rather similar to Polyrhachis eureka sharing with that species the very finely, mostly longitudinally striate head and mesosoma, however, the sculpturation in P. eureka is distinctly coarser, notably on the mesosomal dorsum. Additional characters separating the species are given under P. eureka.
Keys including this Species
- Key to Australian Polyrhachis (Campomyrma) species
- Key to Polyrhachis micans species-group workers
- Key to select Polyrhachis (Campomyrma) of Australian
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
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Male and immature stages unknown.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- micans. Polyrhachis micans Mayr, 1876: 76 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in P. (Campomyrma): Santschi, 1920g: 185.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Kohout (2013) - (syntypes dted first): TL c. 9.42-9.93, 8.67-10.63; HL 2.31-2.43, 2.21-2.40; HW 2.09-2.18, 1.95-2.09; Cl 90, 87-89; SL 2.37-2.46, 2.31-2.50; SI 113, 115-120; PW 1.93-2.06, 1.84-203; MTL 2.90-296, 2.71-2.96 (2+6 measured).
Kohout (2013) - (syntype queen): TL c. 10.03; HL 2.37; HW 2.00; CI 84; 5L 2.25; 51 112; PW 2.28; MTL 2.87 (1 measured).
- Syntype, workers, queen, Rockhampton and Peak Downs, Queensland, Australia, A. Deitrich, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna.
- Kohout, R.J. 2013. A review of the Polyrhachis gravis and micans species-groups of the subgenus Campomyrma Wheeler (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, Nature 56, 92-117.
- Mayr, G. 1876. Die australischen Formiciden. J. Mus. Godeffroy 12: 56-115 (page 76, worker, queen described)
- Santschi, F. 1920g. Cinq nouvelles notes sur les fourmis. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 53: 163-186 (page 185, Combination in P. (Campomyrma))