Polyrhachis nigropilosa

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Polyrhachis nigropilosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrma
Species: P. nigropilosa
Binomial name
Polyrhachis nigropilosa
Mayr, 1872

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Specimen Labels


Polyrhachis nigropilosa is a rather common species known from Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia, and Sulawesi. (Kohout 2008)


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

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

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.

  • nigropilosa. Polyrhachis nigropilosa Mayr, 1872: 141 (w.) BORNEO. Menozzi, 1926e: 99 (q.); Karavaiev, 1927e: 47 (m.). Combination in P. (Myrma): Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 124. Senior synonym of conophthalma: Kohout, 1998: 522. Current subspecies: nominal plus polluta.
  • conophthalma. Polyrhachis nigropilosa var. conophthalma Emery, 1900d: 713 (w.) INDONESIA (Sumatra). Combination in P. (Myrma): Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 124. Junior synonym of nigropilosa: Kohout, 1998: 522.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Type Material

Kohout (2008) - Syntype workers. INDONESIA, SULAWESI (Stevens); BORNEO, Sarawak (J. Doria), Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna (examined).


  • Baltazar, C. R. 1966. A catalogue of Philippine Hymenoptera (with a bibliography, 1758-1963). Pac. Insects Monogr. 8: 1-488 (page 277, listed)
  • Karavaiev, V. 1927f. Ameisen aus dem Indo-Australischen Gebiet. III. Zb. Prats Zool. Muz. 3:3-52 [= Tr. Ukr. Akad. Nauk Fiz.-Mat. Vidd. 7:3-52]. (page 47, male described)
  • 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 522, Senior synonym of conophthalma)
  • Kohout, R.J. 2008a. A review of the Polyrhachis ants of Sulawesi with keys and descriptions of new species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum. 52:255-317. PDF
  • Mayr, G. 1872. Formicidae Borneenses collectae a J. Doria et O. Beccari in territorio Sarawak annis 1865-1867. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 2: 133-155 (page 141, worker described)
  • Menozzi, C. 1926e [1925]. Nuove formiche delle isole Filippine e di Singapore. Atti Soc. Nat. Mat. Modena 56[=(6)4 4: 92-103 (page 99, queen described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1919f. The ants of Borneo. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 63: 43-147 (page 124, Combination in P. (Myrma))