Rhytidoponera acanthoponeroides

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This species nests under stones in open areas in cloud forest dominated by Araucaria and Podocarpus.

Rhytidoponera acanthoponeroides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Rhytidoponera
Species: R. acanthoponeroides
Binomial name
Rhytidoponera acanthoponeroides
Viehmeyer, 1924

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Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: New Caledonia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

From present records, this species appears to be restricted to rainforest and cloud forest at higher elevations (500-900m). At Montagne des Sources a worker was collected foraging in open heath or maquis about 20 m from the nearest gully with tall woody shrubs; all other records, including other ground foragers from Montagne des Sources, are from closed forest. Collections come from both sedimentary and ultramafic localities. Nest-site records; under stone (1); in clump of soil and rotting wood (1).

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Nomenclature

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

  • acanthoponeroides. Rhytidoponera acanthoponeroides Viehmeyer, 1924a: 227 (w.) NEW CALEDONIA. Brown, 1958g: 290 (m.). See also: Ward, 1984: 138.

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