Polyrhachis fuscipes

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Polyrhachis fuscipes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Campomyrma
Species complex: hexacantha
Species: P. fuscipes
Binomial name
Polyrhachis fuscipes
Mayr, 1862

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Specimen Labels


Polyrhachis fuscipes is known from the mountainous parts of southeastern New South Wales and ACT, and south through the Victorian Alps to Tasmania. It was collected in sympatry with Polyrhachis smithersi and Polyrhachis hexacantha at Smokers Gap in ACT (Kohout, 2012).


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (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.

  • fuscipes. Polyrhachis fuscipes Mayr, 1862: 679 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in P. (Campomyrma): Emery, 1925b: 179. Junior synonym of hexacantha: Roger, 1863b: 9; Dalla Torre, 1893: 263. Revived from synonymy as subspecies of hexacantha: Emery, 1925b: 179. Revived status as species: Taylor & Brown, D.R. 1985: 134. Senior synonym of hestia: Taylor, 1989a: 23.
  • hestia. Polyrhachis semipolita subsp. hestia Forel, 1911e: 295 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in P. (Campomyrma): Emery, 1925b: 179. Subspecies of hexacantha: Emery, 1925b: 179; of semipolita: Taylor & Brown, D.R. 1985: 140. Junior synonym of fuscipes: Taylor, 1989a: 23.

Type Material

  • Polyrhachis fuscipes: Syntype, worker(s), Tasmania, Australia, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna.
  • Polyrhachis semipolita hestia Forel, 1911: Holotype, worker, Australia, Australia, ZSM (Munich).



  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 263, Junior synonym of hexacantha)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 179, Combination in P. (Campomyrma))
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 179, Revived from synonymy as subspecies of hexacantha)
  • Kohout, R. 2012. A new species of the subgenus Campomyrma Wheeler of the genus Polyrhachis Fr. Smith from the Australian Capital Territory (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). Australian Entomologist 39, 321-329.
  • Mayr, G. 1862. Myrmecologische Studien. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 12: 649-776 (page 679, worker described)
  • Roger, J. 1863b. Verzeichniss der Formiciden-Gattungen und Arten. Berl. Entomol. Z. 7(B Beilage: 1-65 (page 9, Junior synonym of hexacantha)
  • Taylor, R. W. 1989a. The nomenclature and distribution of some Australian ants of the genus Polyrhachis Fr Smith (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). J. Aust. Entomol. Soc. 28: 23-27 (page 23, Senior synonym of hestia)
  • Taylor, R. W.; Brown, D. R. 1985. Formicoidea. Zool. Cat. Aust. 2:1- 149: 1-149, 30 (page 134, Revived status as species)