Rhytidoponera acanthoponeroides

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This species nests under stones in open areas in cloud forest dominated by Araucaria and Podocarpus.

Rhytidoponera acanthoponeroides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Rhytidoponera
Species: R. acanthoponeroides
Binomial name
Rhytidoponera acanthoponeroides
Viehmeyer, 1924



Specimen Label



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: New Caledonia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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From present records, this species appears to be restricted to rainforest and cloud forest at higher elevations (500-900m). At Montagne des Sources a worker was collected foraging in open heath or maquis about 20 m from the nearest gully with tall woody shrubs; all other records, including other ground foragers from Montagne des Sources, are from closed forest. Collections come from both sedimentary and ultramafic localities. Nest-site records; under stone (1); in clump of soil and rotting wood (1).



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

  • acanthoponeroides. Rhytidoponera acanthoponeroides Viehmeyer, 1924a: 227 (w.) NEW CALEDONIA. Brown, 1958g: 290 (m.). See also: Ward, 1984: 138.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Brown W. L., Jr. 1958. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. II. Tribe Ectatommini (Hymenoptera). Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 118: 173-362.
  • Jennings J. T., L. Krogmann, and C. Burwell. 2013. Review of the hymenopteran fauna of New Caledonia with a checklist of species. Zootaxa 3736(1): 1-53.
  • Taylor R. W. 1987. A checklist of the ants of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Entomology Report 41: 1-92.
  • Viehmeyer H. 1924. Formiciden der australischen Faunenregion. Entomologische Mitteilungen. Berlin-Dahlem 13: 219-229.
  • Ward P. S. 1984. A revision of the ant genus Rhytidoponera (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in New Caledonia. Aust. J. Zool. 32: 131-175.
  • Ward P. S. 1985. Taxonomic congruence and disparity in an insular ant fauna: Rhytidoponera in New Caledonia. Systematic Zoology 34: 140-151.