Polyrhachis sparaxes

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



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • sparaxes. Polyrhachis sparaxes Smith, F. 1863: 16 (q.) INDONESIA (Misool I.). Combination in P. (Myrmothrinax): Emery, 1925b: 183.

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

An alate queen in Oxford University Museum of Natural History, labelled “M.” (= Misool I.) has a Donisthorpe type-label. The locality is correct and the specimen fits the original description reasonably well, but it has a pair of short, broad propodeal spines. Smith states in the original description, “thorace inermi,” and does not mention propodeal spines at all. Because of this a note has been pinned beside the specimen in Oxford University Museum of Natural History, “does not fit original description – see notes.” However, no other specimen approaches the original description as closely as this one.



  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 183, Combination in P. (Myrmothrinax))
  • 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 16, queen described)