Polyrhachis derecyna

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Polyrhachis derecyna
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrmatopa
Species: P. derecyna
Binomial name
Polyrhachis derecyna
Smith, F., 1871

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

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.

  • dolomedes. Polyrhachis dolomedes Smith, F., 1863: 16 (w.) NEW GUINEA. [Junior primary homonym of dolomedes Smith, above.] Replacement name: derecyna Smith, F. 1871a: 316.
  • derecyna. Polyrhachis derecynus Smith, F. 1871a: 316. Replacement name for dolomedes Smith, F. 1863: 16. [Junior primary homonym of dolomedes Smith, F. 1863: 14.] Combination in P. (Myrma): Donisthorpe, 1932c: 470; in P. (Myrmatopa): Dorow, 1995: 43; Bolton, 1995b: 347. Senior synonym of pseuadonyma: Dalla Torre, 1893: 261; of taurus: Bolton, 1974b: 173.
  • pseuadonyma. Polyrhachis pseuadonyma Forel, 1886d: 243. [Unnecessary (second) replacement name for dolomedes Smith, F. 1863: 16.] Junior synonym of derecyna: Dalla Torre, 1893: 261.
  • taurus. Polyrhachis (Myrmatopa) taurus Donisthorpe, 1937c: 274, figs. 4, 5 (q.) NEW GUINEA. Donisthorpe, 1943a: 172 (w.); Donisthorpe, 1943d: 470 (m.). Junior synonym of derecyna: Bolton, 1974b: 173.

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

Polyrhachis derecynus

This is Smith’s replacement name for his P. dolomedes of 1863: 16, a junior primary homonym.



  • Bolton, B. 1974b [1973]. New synonymy and a new name in the ant genus Polyrhachis F. Smith (Hym., Formicidae). Entomol. Mon. Mag. 109: 172-180 (page 173, Senior synonym of taurus)
  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 347, Combination in P. (Myrmatopa))
  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 261, Senior synonym of pseudomyrma)
  • 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 470, Combination in P. (Myrma))
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1937e. A new subgenus and three new species of Polyrhachis Smith. Entomologist 70: 273-275 (page 274, figs. 4, 5 queen described) PDF
  • 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 43, Combination in P. (Myrmatopa))
  • Smith, F. 1863a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace in the islands of Mysol, Ceram, Waigiou, Bouru and Timor. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 7: 6-48 (page 16, [Junior primary homonym of dolomedes Smith, F. 1863: 14.] )
  • Smith, F. 1871a. A catalogue of the Aculeate Hymenoptera and Ichneumonidae of India and the Eastern Archipelago. With introductory remarks by A. R. Wallace. [part]. J. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 11: 285-348 (page 316, Replacement name for dolomedes)