Polyrhachis carbonaria

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Polyrhachis carbonaria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrma
Species: P. carbonaria
Binomial name
Polyrhachis carbonaria
Smith, F., 1857

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Specimen Labels



A member of the Polyrhachis inermis species group in the subgenus Myrma


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia, Malaysia (type locality), Philippines.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • carbonaria. Polyrhachis carbonarius Smith, F. 1857a: 60 (w.) WEST MALAYSIA. Combination in P. (Aulacomyrma): Donisthorpe, 1932c: 445; in P. (Myrma): Dorow, 1995: 32. Senior synonym of dentulata, subcarinata: Kohout, 1988: 526.
  • subcarinata. Polyrhachis orsyllus subsp. subcarinata Emery, 1900d: 712 (w.) INDONESIA (Mentawei I.). Combination in P. (Myrma): Emery, 1925b: 204. Subspecies of vindex: Dorow, 1995: 41. Junior synonym of carbonaria: Kohout, 1998: 526.
  • dentulata. Polyrhachis (Myrma) orsyllus var. dentulata Stitz, 1925: 135 (w.) INDONESIA (Sumatra). Subspecies of vindex: Dorow, 1995: 41. Junior synonym of carbonaria: Kohout, 1998: 526.

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

Polyrhachis carbonarius

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “36 MAL.” (= Malacca, West Malaysia) and with a Donisthorpe type-label.



  • 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 445, Combination in P. (Aulacomyrma))
  • Dorow, W. H. O. 1995. Revision of the ant genus Polyrhachis Smith, 1857 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae) on subgenus level with keys, checklist of species and bibliography. Cour. Forschungsinst. Senckenb. 185: 1-113 (page 32, Combination in P. (Myrma))
  • Kohout, R. J. 1998. New synonyms and nomenclatural changes in the ant genus Polyrhachis Fr. Smith (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). Mem. Qld. Mus. 42: 505-531 (page 526, Senior synonym of dentulata and subcarinata)
  • Smith, F. 1857a. Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects collected at Sarawak, Borneo; Mount Ophir, Malacca; and at Singapore, by A. R. Wallace. [part]. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 2: 42-88 (page 60, worker described)