Polyrhachis vindex

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Polyrhachis vindex
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrma
Species: P. vindex
Binomial name
Polyrhachis vindex
Smith, F., 1857

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Specimen Labels


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

Kohout (2008) - Polyrhachis orsylla is undoubtedly closely related to Polyrhachis vindex. The species differ in the form of the pronotal spines which are shorter and only slightly longer than their basal widths in P. orsylla and about twice as long as their basal widths in P. vindex. Also, the sculpturation of pronotal dorsum in P. orsylla is distinctly finer, almost vague in some specimens, while in P. vindex it consists of rather distinct, more-or-less regular, striation.


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.

  • vindex. Polyrhachis vindex Smith, F. 1857a: 64 (w.) BORNEO. Combination in P. (Myrma): Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 125. Senior synonym of orsyllus: Dorow, 1995: 41.

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

Polyrhachis vindex

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “SAR. 22” (= Sarawak) and with a Donisthorpe type-label.