Rhytidoponera purpurea

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Rhytidoponera purpurea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Rhytidoponera
Species: R. purpurea
Binomial name
Rhytidoponera purpurea
(Emery, 1887)

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).
Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality), New Guinea.

Distribution based on specimens

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The above specimen data are provided by AntWeb. Please see Rhytidoponera purpurea for further details




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

  • purpurea. Ectatomma impressum var. purpureum Emery, 1887b: 444 (w.q.) NEW GUINEA. Imai, Crozier & Taylor, 1977: 347 (k.). Combination in Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera): Emery, 1897d: 549. Raised to species and senior synonym of splendidum: Brown, 1954g: 7.
  • splendidum. Ectatomma (Rhytidoponera) impressum var. splendidum Forel, 1910b: 12 (w.) AUSTRALIA. [Unresolved junior primary homonym of Ectatomma rimulosum var. splendidum Pergande, 1896: 871.] Combination in Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera): Emery, 1911d: 39. Junior synonym of purpurea: Brown, 1954g: 7.

Type Material



  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1954g. Systematic and other notes on some of the smaller species of the ant genus Rhytidoponera Mayr. Breviora 33: 1-11 (page 7, Raised to species, and senior synonym of splendidum)
  • Emery, C. 1887f. Catalogo delle formiche esistenti nelle collezioni del Museo Civico di Genova. Parte terza. Formiche della regione Indo-Malese e dell'Australia (continuazione e fine). [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 25[=(2)(5): 433-448 (page 444, worker, queen described)
  • Emery, C. 1897d. Viaggio di Lamberto Loria nella Papuasia orientale. XVIII. Formiche raccolte nella Nuova Guinea dal Dott. Lamberto Loria. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 38[=(2(18): 546-576 (page 549, Combination in Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera))
  • Imai, H. T.; Crozier, R. H.; Taylor, R. W. 1977. Karyotype evolution in Australian ants. Chromosoma (Berl.) 59: 341-393 (page 347, karyotype described)