Polyrhachis olena

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Polyrhachis olena
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrma
Species: P. olena
Binomial name
Polyrhachis olena
Smith, F., 1861

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Specimen Labels


Workers have been collected from a fogging samples, including one noted as being fogged from Pandanus.


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

Kohout (2008) - This species is most similar to Polyrhachis brendelli and Polyrhachis browni with the differences between all three species given in the remarks section of P. brendelli.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality), Sulawesi.

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.

  • eurytus. Polyrhachis eurytus Smith, F. 1861b: 43, pl. 1, fig. 24 (q.) INDONESIA (Sulawesi). Combination in P. (Myrma): Donisthorpe, 1932c: 467. Junior synonym of olena: Bolton, 1974b: 177.
  • olena. Polyrhachis olenus Smith, F. 1861b: 39, pl. 1, fig. 8 (w.) INDONESIA (Sulawesi). Combination in P. (Myrma): Emery, 1925b: 201. Senior synonym of eurytus: Bolton, 1974b: 177.

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) - Holotype worker. INDONESIA, SULAWESI, Tondano (A. R. Wallace), Oxford University Museum of Natural History (examined).

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

Polyrhachis eurytus

Holotype queen in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Tond.” (= Tondano, Sulawesi) and with a Donisthorpe type-label.

Polyrhachis olenus

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Tond.” (= Tondano, Sulawesi) and with a Donisthorpe type-label.