Polyrhachis smithi

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Polyrhachis smithi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrmhopla
Species: P. smithi
Binomial name
Polyrhachis smithi
Emery, 1901

Nothing is known about the biology of Polyrhachis smithi.


A member of the Polyrhachis cleophanes species group.

Kohout (2008) - I have been unable to examine the unique holotype of P. smithi, but it is apparently most similar to Polyrhachis cleophanes and Polyrhachis salebrosa. It differs from both in having the mesosoma somewhat flattened, the sculpturation of mesosomal dorsum transversally wrinkled and by the almost complete lack of erect hairs (Dorow, 1995).

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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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.


Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.





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

  • smithi. Polyrhachis smithi Emery, 1901g: 579 (w.) INDONESIA (Sulawesi). Combination in P. (Myrmhopla): Emery, 1925b: 196.

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 (‘Gipfel des Sudara’) (P. & F. Sarasin), ?Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Genoa (depository of holotype unknown).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Emery C. 1901. Formiciden von Celebes. Zoologische Jahrbücher. Abteilung für Systematik, Geographie und Biologie der Tiere 14:565-580.
  • Kohout, R. J. 2008. 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.