Polyrhachis wilmsi

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Polyrhachis wilmsi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrma
Species group: viscosa
Species: P. wilmsi
Binomial name
Polyrhachis wilmsi
Forel, 1910


Rigato (2016) - A viscosa-group species with standing hairs on frons and vertex, four similarly long petiolar spines, and a well developed median prominence along the ridge separating propodeal dorsum and declivity.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Mozambique (type locality), Somalia, South Africa.

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.

  • wilmsi. Polyrhachis cubaensis subsp. wilmsi Forel, 1910f: 30 (w.) MOZAMBIQUE.
    • Combination in P. (Myrma): Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 995.
    • Junior synonym of cubaensis: Bolton, 1973b: 325.
    • Status as species: Rigato, 2016: 46.

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



Rigato (2016) - (n=3). HL 1.70–1.72, HW 1.52–1.53, CI 89, SL 1.58–1.62, SI 104–106, FW 0.52–0.54, FI 34–36, PW 1.27–1.30, WL 2.08–2.18, HTL 1.70–1.76.

Type Material

Rigato (2016) - Holotype worker, MOZAMBIQUE: Lobombo Borges (F. Wilms) [not seen, not at Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève].


  • Bolton, B. 1973b. The ant genus Polyrhachis F. Smith in the Ethiopian region (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bull. Br. Mus. (Nat. Hist.) Entomol. 28: 283-369 (page 325, Junior synonym of cubaensis)
  • Forel, A. 1910e. Zoologische und anthropologische Ergebnisse einer Forschungsreise im westlichen und zentralen Südafrika ausgeführt in den Jahren 1903-1905 von Dr. Leonhard Schultze. Vierter Band. Systematik und Tiergeographie. D) Formicidae. Denkschr. M (page 30, worker described)
  • Rigato, F. 2016. The ant genus Polyrhachis F. Smith in sub-Saharan Africa, with descriptions of ten new species. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa. 4088:1–50.
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922j. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. VIII. A synonymic list of the ants of the Ethiopian region. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 711-1004 (page 995, Combination in P. (Myrma))