Rhytidoponera aspera

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Rhytidoponera aspera
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Rhytidoponera
Species: R. aspera
Binomial name
Rhytidoponera aspera
(Roger, 1860)

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  • Worker. Photo by Brendon Cameron.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (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.

  • aspera. Ponera metallica var. aspera Roger, 1860: 308 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Crawley, 1922b: 435 (q.m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1964b: 448 (l.). Combination in Ectatomma: Mayr, 1863: 410; in Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera): Emery, 1911d: 39. Raised to species: Emery, 1911d: 39. Senior synonym of arnoldi: Brown, 1954g: 9. See also: Emery, 1912a: 77.
  • arnoldi. Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera) arnoldi Forel, 1915b: 14 (footnote) (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of aspera: Brown, 1954g: 9.

Type Material



  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1954g. Systematic and other notes on some of the smaller species of the ant genus Rhytidoponera Mayr. Breviora 33: 1-11 (page 9, Senior synonym of arnoldi)
  • Crawley, W. C. 1922a. New ants from Australia. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 9(9): 427-448 (page 435, queen, male described)
  • Emery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125 (page 39, Combination in Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera))
  • Emery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125 (page 39, Raised to species)
  • Emery, C. 1912a. Revision der Rhytidoponera (subg. Chalcoponera) der metallica-Gruppe. (Hym.-Formic.). Dtsch. Entomol. Z. 1912: 77-81 (page 77, see also)
  • Mayr, G. 1863a. Formicidarum index synonymicus. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 13: 385-460 (page 410, Combination in Ectatomma)
  • Roger, J. 1860. Die Ponera-artigen Ameisen. Berl. Entomol. Z. 4: 278-312 (page 308, worker described)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1964b. The ant larvae of the subfamily Ponerinae: supplement. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 57: 443-462 (page 448, larva described)