Polyrhachis merops

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Polyrhachis merops
Scientific classification (junior synonym of Polyrhachis rufofemorata)
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Species: Polyrhachis merops
Smith, F., 1860

This taxon is not in use as it is currently considered to be a junior synonym of Polyrhachis rufofemorata.


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

  • merops. Polyrhachis merops Smith, F. 1860b: 98, pl. 1, fig. 17 (w.) INDONESIA (Batjan I.). Combination in P. (Myrma): Emery, 1925b: 202. Subspecies of rufofemorata: Emery, 1898a: 228; Donisthorpe, 1932c: 460. Junior synonym of rufofemorata: Bolton, 1974b: 178.


  • 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 178, Junior synonym of rufofemorata)
  • 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 460, Variety of rufofemorata)
  • Emery, C. 1898a. Aggiunte e correzioni al saggio di un catalogo sistematico dei generi Camponotus, Polyrachis [sic] e affini. Rend. Sess. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (n.s.) 2: 225-231 (page 228, Variety of rufofemorata)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 202, Combination in P. (Myrma))
  • Smith, F. 1860b. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace in the islands of Bachian, Kaisaa, Amboyna, Gilolo, and at Dory in New Guinea. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 5(17b)(suppl. to vol. 4 4: 93-143 (page 98, pl. 1, fig. 17 worker described)