Opisthopsis respiciens

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Opisthopsis respiciens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Opisthopsis
Species: O. respiciens
Binomial name
Opisthopsis respiciens
(Smith, F., 1865)

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Specimen Label




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia.
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.

  • respiciens. Formica (Myrmecopsis) respiciens Smith, F. 1865: 68, pl. 4, fig. 3 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Forel, 1893d: 461 (q.). Combination in Myrmecopsis: Mayr, 1876: 76; in Opisthopsis: Dalla Torre, 1893: 219. Current subspecies: nominal plus moesta. See also: Wheeler, W.M. 1918d: 347.

Type Material

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

Formica (Myrmecopsis) respiciens

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “New Guinea” and with a Donisthorpe type-label.



  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 219, Combination in Opisthopsis)
  • Forel, A. 1893f. Nouvelles fourmis d'Australie et des Canaries. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 37: 454-466 (page 461, queen described)
  • Mayr, G. 1876. Die australischen Formiciden. J. Mus. Godeffroy 12: 56-115 (page 76, Combination in Myrmecopsis)
  • Smith, F. 1865a. Descriptions of new species of hymenopterous insects from the islands of Sumatra, Sula, Gilolo, Salwatty, and New Guinea, collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 8: 61-94 (page 68, pl. 4, fig. 3 worker described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1918d. The ants of the genus Opisthopsis Emery. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 62: 341-362 (page 347, see also)