Platythyrea quadridenta

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Platythyrea quadridenta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Platythyreini
Genus: Platythyrea
Species group: parallela
Species: P. quadridenta
Binomial name
Platythyrea quadridenta
Donisthorpe, 1941

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Specimen Labels

At a Glance • Gamergate  


Phengsi et al. 2018 Figure 9. Profile view focusing on the propodeal junction of Platythyrea quadridenta from Thailand.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -3.089444444° to -10.33333015°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia, Malaysia, New Guinea (type locality), Philippines.
Oriental Region: Thailand.

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.


Both winged queens and gamergates reproduce (Ito 1995)



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

  • quadridenta. Platythyrea quadridenta Donisthorpe, 1941c: 134 (w.) NEW GUINEA (Papua New Guinea).
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Papua New Guinea: Kokoda, Wharton Range, 1200 ft, v.1933 (L.E. Cheesman).
    • Type-depository: BMNH.
    • [Misspelled as quadridentata by Chapman & Capco, 1951: 49.]
    • Imai, et al. 1984: 67 (k.).
    • Status as species: Chapman & Capco, 1951: 49; Wilson, 1958a: 152; Brown, 1975: 9, 52; Bolton, 1995b: 336; Jaitrong & Nabhitabhata, 2005: 37; Phengsi, et al. 2018: 98 (in key).
    • Distribution: Malaysia (Sabah), Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Thailand.



  • n = 9, 2n = 18 (Malaysia) (Imai et al., 1983; Mariano et al., 2015).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • 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): 1-115.
  • CSIRO Collection
  • Donisthorpe H. 1941. Descriptions of new species of ants from New Guinea. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (11)7: 129-144.
  • Ito, F.; Yamane, S.; Eguchi, K.; Noerdjito, W. A.; Kahono, S.; Tsuji, K.; Ohkawara, K.; Yamauchi, K.; Nishida, T.; Nakamura, K. 2001. Ant species diversity in the Bogor Botanic Garden, West Java, Indonesia, with descriptions of two new species of the genus Leptanilla (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Tropics 10:379-404.
  • Jaitrong W.; Nabhitabhata, J. 2005. A list of known ant species of Thailand. The Thailand Natural History Museum Journal 1(1): 9-54.
  • 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 Accessed on 24th Feb. 2011.
  • Snelling R. R. 1998. Insect Part 1: The social Hymenoptera. In Mack A. L. (Ed.) A Biological Assessment of the Lakekamu Basin, Papua New Guinea, RAP 9. 189 ppages
  • Snelling R. R. 2000. Ants of the Wapoga river area, Irian Jaya, Indonesia. In Mack, Andrew L. and Leeanne E. Alonso (eds.). 2000. A Biological Assessment of the Wapoga River Area of Northwestern Irian Jaya, Indonesia. RAP Bulletin of Biological Assessment 14, Conservation International, Washington, DC.
  • Wilson E. O. 1958. Studies on the ant fauna of Melanesia. I. The tribe Leptogenyini. II. The tribes Amblyoponini and Platythyreini. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 118: 101-153.
  • Wilson Edward O. 1959. Adaptive Shift and Dispersal in a Tropical Ant Fauna. Evolution 13(1): 122-144