Diacamma cupreum

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Diacamma cupreum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Diacamma
Species: D. cupreum
Binomial name
Diacamma cupreum
(Smith, F., 1860)

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Specimen Labels

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea (type locality).

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.

  • cupreum. Ponera cuprea Smith, F. 1860b: 104 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Combination in Diacamma: Mayr, 1886c: 361. Subspecies of geometricum: Emery, 1887b: 438. Revived status as species: Donisthorpe, 1932c: 462.

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

Ponera cuprea

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Dor. 19” (= Dory I., New Guinea) and also with a Donisthorpe type-label. The “obscure coppery tinge” reported in the original description appears to have faded away.



  • Donisthorpe, H. 1932c. On the identity of Smith's types of Formicidae (Hymenoptera) collected by Alfred Russell Wallace in the Malay Archipelago, with descriptions of two new species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 10(10): 441-476 (page 462, Revived status as species)
  • 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 438, Race of geometricum)
  • Mayr, G. 1886c. Notizen über die Formiciden-Sammlung des British Museum in London. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 36: 353-368 (page 361, Combination in Diacamma)
  • Smith, F. 1860b. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace in the islands of Bachian, Kaisaa, Amboyna, Gilolo, and at Dory in New Guinea. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 5(17b)(suppl. to vol. 4 4: 93-143 (page 104, worker described)