Polyrhachis villipes

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Polyrhachis villipes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrma
Species: P. villipes
Binomial name
Polyrhachis villipes
Smith, F., 1857

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo (type locality), Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines.
Oriental Region: India, Thailand.

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.

  • villipes. Polyrhachis villipes Smith, F. 1857a: 61 (w.) BORNEO. Mayr, 1872: 140 (q.); Forel, 1915a: 43 (m.). Combination in P. (Myrma): Viehmeyer, 1916a: 166. Senior synonym of sumatrensis, tritschleri: Kohout, 1998: 526.
  • sumatrensis. Polyrhachis sumatrensis Smith, F. 1858b: 65, pl. 4, fig. 43 (q.) INDONESIA (Sumatra). Emery, 1887a: 234 (w.). Combination in P. (Myrma): Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 125. Junior synonym of villipes: Kohout, 1998: 526.
  • tritschleri. Polyrhachis striata r. tritschleri Forel, 1912d: 111 (footnote) (w.) INDONESIA (Sumatra). Combination in P. (Myrma): Viehmeyer, 1916a: 166. Junior synonym of villipes: Kohout, 1998: 526.

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

Polyrhachis villipes

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Sar. 15” (= Sarawak) and with a Donisthorpe type-label. A second specimen, from Sumatra, is in Oxford University Museum of Natural History.



  • Baltazar, C. R. 1966. A catalogue of Philippine Hymenoptera (with a bibliography, 1758-1963). Pac. Insects Monogr. 8: 1-488 (page 278, listed)
  • Forel, A. 1915a. Fauna Simalurensis. Hymenoptera Aculeata, Fam. Formicidae. Tijdschr. Entomol. 58: 22-43 (page 43, male described)
  • 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 526, Senior synonym of sumatrensis and tritschleri)
  • Mayr, G. 1872. Formicidae Borneenses collectae a J. Doria et O. Beccari in territorio Sarawak annis 1865-1867. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 2: 133-155 (page 140, queen described)
  • Smith, F. 1857a. Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects collected at Sarawak, Borneo; Mount Ophir, Malacca; and at Singapore, by A. R. Wallace. [part]. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 2: 42-88 (page 61, worker described)
  • Viehmeyer, H. 1916a [1915]. Ameisen von Singapore. Beobachtet und gesammelt von H. Overbeck. Arch. Naturgesch. (A) 81(8): 108-168 (page 166, Combination in P. (Myrma))