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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Specimen Labels


Photo Gallery

  • Worker. Photo by Brendon Cameron.



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -27.966° to -37.916°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




Images from AntWeb

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Syntype of Rhytidoponera arnoldiWorker. Specimen code casent0907153. Photographer Z. Lieberman, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MHNG, Geneva, Switzerland.


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

  • aspera. Ponera metallica var. aspera Roger, 1860: 308 (w.) AUSTRALIA (no state data).
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Australia (“New Holland”): (no further data).
    • Type-depository: MNHU.
    • Crawley, 1922b: 435 (q.m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1964b: 448 (l.).
    • Combination in Ectatomma: Mayr, 1863: 410;
    • combination in Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera): Emery, 1911d: 39;
    • combination in Chalcoponera: Clark, 1929: 121;
    • combination in Rhytidoponera: Brown, 1954g: 9.
    • Junior synonym of metallica: Mayr, 1863: 410.
    • Subspecies of metallica: Dalla Torre, 1893: 25.
    • Status as species: Emery, 1911d: 39; Emery, 1912a: 77 (in key); Crawley, 1922b: 435; Viehmeyer, 1924a: 226; Clark, 1929: 121; Brown, 1954g: 9; Brown, 1958g: 202; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 40; Taylor, 1987a: 67; Bolton, 1995b: 378.
    • Senior synonym of arnoldi: Brown, 1954g: 9; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 40; Taylor, 1987a: 67; Bolton, 1995b: 378.
    • Distribution: Australia.
  • arnoldi. Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera) arnoldi Forel, 1915b: 14 (footnote) (w.) AUSTRALIA (Victoria).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Victoria, Healesville (H.A. Arnold).
    • Type-depositories: MHNG, NHMB.
    • Junior synonym of aspera: Brown, 1954g: 9; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 40; Taylor, 1987a: 67; Bolton, 1995b: 378.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Clark J. 1929. Results of a collecting trip to the Cann River, East Gippsland. Victorian Naturalist (Melbourne) 46: 115-123.
  • Sinclair J. E., and T. R. New. 2004. Pine plantations in south eastern Australia support highly impoverished ant assemblages (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Insect Conservation 8: 277-286.
  • Taylor R. W., and D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2: 1-149.