Opisthopsis picta

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Opisthopsis picta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Opisthopsis
Species: O. picta
Binomial name
Opisthopsis picta
Emery, 1895

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Specimen Labels




Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -8.883330345° to -31.08333015°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.

Elevation Range

Occurrence at collecting sites during elevational surveys of rainforest in the Eungella region, Queensland, Australia (Burwell et al., 2020).
Species Elevation (m asl)
200 400 600 800 1000 1200
Opisthopsis picta 10-20
Shading indicates the bands of elevation where species was recorded.
Numbers are the percentage of total samples containing this species.



Images from AntWeb

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Syntype of Opisthopsis pictaWorker. Specimen code casent0905179. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MSNG, Genoa, Italy.


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • picta. Opisthopsis pictus Emery, 1895g: 354, fig. 5 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Current subspecies: nominal plus bimaculata, lepida, palliata. See also: Wheeler, W.M. 1918d: 350.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • CSIRO Collection
  • Emery C. 1895. Descriptions de quelques fourmis nouvelles d'Australie. Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique 39:345-358.
  • Janda M., G. D. Alpert, M. L. Borowiec, E. P. Economo, P. Klimes, E. Sarnat, and S. O. Shattuck. 2011. Cheklist of ants described and recorded from New Guinea and associated islands. Available on http://www.newguineants.org/. Accessed on 24th Feb. 2011.