Rhytidoponera atropurpurea

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Rhytidoponera atropurpurea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Rhytidoponera
Species: R. atropurpurea
Binomial name
Rhytidoponera atropurpurea
Emery, 1914



Holotype Specimen Label



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -20.992° to -20.992°.

Tropical South

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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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.




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

  • atropurpurea. Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera) atropurpurea Emery, 1914f: 396 (w.m.) NEW CALEDONIA.
    • Type-material: lectotype worker (by designation of Ward, 1984: 143), paralectotype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: lectotype New Caledonia: Ouedjo, nr Hienghiène, vi.1911 (F. Sarasin & J. Roux); paralectotypes with same data.
    • Type-depositories: MCZC (lectotype); MCZC, MHNG, MSNG, NHMB (paralectotypes).
    • Combination in Chalcoponera: Wheeler, W.M. 1935g: 10.
    • Status as species: Wheeler, W.M. 1935g: 10; Brown, 1958g: 202, 292; Ward, 1984: 143 (redescription); Taylor, 1987a: 71; Bolton, 1995b: 378.
    • Distribution: New Caledonia.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Brown W. L., Jr. 1958. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. II. Tribe Ectatommini (Hymenoptera). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 118: 173-362.
  • Emery, C. 1914. Les fourmis de la Nouvelle-Calédonie et des îles Loyalty. Nova Caledonia. A. Zoologie 1:393-437.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wheeler W.M. 1935. Check list of the ants of Oceania. Occasional Papers of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum 11(11):1-56.
  • Wheeler, William Morton.1935.Checklist of the Ants of Oceania.Occasional Papers 11(11): 3-56