Polyrhachis sericata

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Polyrhachis sericata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrma
Species: P. sericata
Binomial name
Polyrhachis sericata
(Guérin-Méneville, 1831)

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea, Vanuatu.

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.

  • sericata. Formica sericata Guérin-Méneville, 1831, pl. 8, fig. 2 (w.) "Offack". Emery, 1887a: 232 (q.). Combination in Polyrhachis: Smith, F. 1858b: 36; in P. (Myrma): Emery, 1925b: 203. Senior synonym of grisea: Dalla Torre, 1893: 269; Emery, 1896d: 379. Current subspecies: nominal plus glabra, nitidissima, nitidiventris.
  • grisea. Formica grisea Le Guillou, 1842: 314 (q.) "Triton Bay". Combination in Polyrhachis: Roger, 1863b: 8. Junior synonym of sericata: Dalla Torre, 1893: 269; Emery, 1896d: 379.



  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 269, Senior synonym of grisea)
  • Emery, C. 1887a [1886]. Catalogo delle formiche esistenti nelle collezioni del Museo Civico di Genova. Parte terza. Formiche della regione Indo-Malese e dell'Australia. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 24[=(2)(4): 209-240 (page 232, queen described)
  • Emery, C. 1896j. Saggio di un catalogo sistematico dei generi Camponotus, Polyrhachis e affini. Mem. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (5)5:363-382 (page 379, Senior synonym of grisea)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 203, Combination in P. (Myrma))
  • Guérin-Méneville, F. E. 1831. Insectes, plate 8. In: Duperrey, L. I. (ed.) 1830-1831. Voyage autour du monde, exécuté par ordre du Roi, sur la corvette de sa Majesté, La Coquille, pendant les années 1822, 1823, 1824 et 1825. Zoologie. Atlas, Insectes. P (pl. 8, fig. 2 worker described)
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 36, Combination in Polyrhachis)