Polyrhachis nigriceps

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Polyrhachis nigriceps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrmhopla
Species: P. nigriceps
Binomial name
Polyrhachis nigriceps
Smith, F., 1863

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea (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.

  • nigriceps. Polyrhachis nigriceps Smith, F. 1863: 17 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Combination in P. (Myrmhopla): Emery, 1925b: 192. Senior synonym of atalanta: Emery, 1925b: 192; of kirkae: Hung, 1971: 44.
  • atalanta. Polyrhachis atalanta Emery, 1898b: 243, figs. 15, 16 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Junior synonym of nigriceps: Emery, 1925b: 192.
  • kirkae. Polyrhachis (Florencea) kirkae Donisthorpe, 1937a: 624, figs. 5, 6 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Junior synonym of nigriceps: Hung, 1971: 44.

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

Polyrhachis nigriceps

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Wag.” (= Waigeo I., New Guinea) and with a Donisthorpe type-label.



  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 192, Combination in P. (Myrmhopla))
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 192, Senior synonym of atalanta)
  • Hung, A. C. F. 1971. On the taxonomic status of Polyrhachis kirkae Donisthorpe and its presumed mimicry (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Entomol. News 82: 43-47 (page 44, Senior synonym of kirkae)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1937a. Some new forms of Formicidae and a correction. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 10(19): 619-628 PDF
  • 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 17, worker described)