Rhytidoponera aciculata

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Rhytidoponera aciculata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Rhytidoponera
Species: R. aciculata
Binomial name
Rhytidoponera aciculata
(Smith, F., 1858)

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • aciculata. Ectatomma aciculata Smith, F. 1858b: 104 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Clark, 1936: 56 (m.); Imai, Crozier & Taylor, 1977: 347 (k.). Combination in E. (Rhytidoponera): Dalla Torre, 1893: 23; in Rhytidoponera: Emery, 1911d: 38. Subspecies of punctata: Forel, 1907h: 268; Forel, 1913g: 174. Revived status as species: Clark, 1936: 55. Senior synonym of caro and material of the unavailable name laevior referred here: Brown, 1958g: 202.
  • caro. Ectatomma (Rhytidoponera) cristatum subsp. caro Forel, 1910b: 11 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in Rhytidoponera: Emery, 1911d: 38. Junior synonym of aciculata: Clark, 1936: 55.

Type Material

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

Ectatomma aciculata

Holotype worker in The Natural History Museum. Labelled “Hunter River,” (Australia) and “51/36.” Acc. Reg.: “1851 no. 36 (April 16th). Hunter River. Purchased from Mr Ker. Bill 1851.A.26.”



  • 2n = 52 (Australia) (Imai et al., 1977).


  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1958g. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. II. Tribe Ectatommini (Hymenoptera). Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 118: 173-362 (page 202, Senior synonym of caro, and material of the unavailable name laevior referred here)
  • Clark, J. 1936. A revision of Australian species of Rhytidoponera Mayr (Formicidae). Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 9: 14-89 (page 56, male described)
  • Clark, J. 1936. A revision of Australian species of Rhytidoponera Mayr (Formicidae). Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 9: 14-89 (page 55, Revived status as species)
  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 23, Combination in E. (Rhytidoponera))
  • Emery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125 (page 38, Combination in Rhytidoponera)
  • Forel, A. 1907j. Formicidae. In: Michaelsen, W., Hartmeyer, R. (eds.) Die Fauna Südwest-Australiens. Band I, Lieferung 7. Jena: Gustav Fischer, pp. 263-310. (page 268, Subspecies of punctata)
  • Forel, A. 1913h. Fourmis de Tasmanie et d'Australie récoltées par MM. Lae, Froggatt etc. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 49: 173-195 (page 174, Subspecies of punctata)
  • Imai, H. T.; Crozier, R. H.; Taylor, R. W. 1977. Karyotype evolution in Australian ants. Chromosoma (Berl.) 59: 341-393 (page 347, karyotype described)
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 104, worker described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Stitz H. 1911. Australische Ameisen. (Neu-Guinea und Salomons-Inseln, Festland, Neu-Seeland). Sitzungsberichte der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin 1911: 351-381.