Platythyrea pilosula

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Platythyrea pilosula
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Platythyreini
Genus: Platythyrea
Species: P. pilosula
Binomial name
Platythyrea pilosula
(Smith, F., 1858)

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Specimen Label

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality), Colombia, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Venezuela.

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

  • pilosula. Ponera pilosula Smith, F. 1858b: 95 (w.) BRAZIL. Combination in Platythyrea: Mayr, 1886c: 358; in Leptogenys: Emery, 1911d: 106; in Platythyrea: Kempf, 1965: 181. Senior synonym of incerta: Brown, 1975: 9.
  • incerta. Platythyrea incerta Emery, 1890a: 56 (w.) VENEZUELA. Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971b: 1198 (l.). Subspecies of punctata: Forel, 1912c: 36. Junior synonym of pilosula: Brown, 1975: 9.

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

Ponera pilosula

A remounted worker in The Natural History Museum is labelled “type” and has a red disc. Apart from this the specimen has only a square of yellow paper and the label “Smith coll. Presented by Mrs Farren White.” A second worker, that has not been remounted, has the same labels but lacks the “type” disc, and has a white rectangular label “Frstrm.” Type-locality given by Smith is merely “Brazil.” This is absent from both specimens.



  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1975. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. V. Ponerinae, tribes Platythyreini, Cerapachyini, Cylindromyrmecini, Acanthostichini, and Aenictogitini. Search Agric. (Ithaca N. Y.) 5(1 1: 1-115 (page 9, Senior synonym of incerta)
  • Emery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125 (page 106, Combination in Leptogenys)
  • Kempf, W. W. 1965. Nota preliminar sôbre algumas formigas neotrópicas, descritas por Frederick Smith (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Rev. Bras. Biol. 25: 181-186 (page 181, Combination in Platythyrea)
  • Mayr, G. 1886c. Notizen über die Formiciden-Sammlung des British Museum in London. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 36: 353-368 (page 358, Combination in Platythyrea)
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 95, worker described)