Rhytidoponera aurata

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Rhytidoponera aurata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Rhytidoponera
Species: R. aurata
Binomial name
Rhytidoponera aurata
(Roger, 1861)

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Specimen labels




Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -8.699999809° to -18.3°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).
Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea.

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.

  • aurata. Ponera (Ectatomma) aurata Roger, 1861b: 169 (w.) AUSTRALIA (no state data) (attributed to Le Guillou).
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Australia: (no further data).
    • Type-depository: MNHN.
    • Clark, 1936: 28 (m.).
    • Combination in Ectatomma: Mayr, 1863: 409; Roger, 1863b: 17;
    • combination in E. (Rhytidoponera): Emery, in Dalla Torre, 1893: 23;
    • combination in Rhytidoponera: Emery, 1911d: 37.
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1863: 409; Roger, 1863b: 17; Mayr, 1876: 90 (in key); Emery, 1887b: 444; Dalla Torre, 1893: 23; Forel, 1910b: 10; Emery, 1911d: 37; Forel, 1915b: 14; Clark, 1936: 27 (redescription); Brown, 1958g: 202; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 41; Taylor, 1987a: 67; Bolton, 1995b: 378.
    • Senior synonym of flava: Clark, 1936: 28; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 41; Taylor, 1987a: 67; Bolton, 1995b: 378.
    • Distribution: Australia.
  • flava. Rhytidoponera (Rhytidoponera) flava Crawley, 1915b: 232 (m.) AUSTRALIA (Northern Territory).
    • Type-material: 3 syntype workers.
    • Type-locality: Australia: Northern Territory, Darwin, 1.vi.1913 (G.F. Hill).
    • Type-depository: BMNH.
    • Junior synonym of aurata: Clark, 1936: 28; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 41; Taylor, 1987a: 67; Bolton, 1995b: 379.

Type Material

  • Ponera (Ectatomma) aurata Roger, 1861: Holotype, worker, Australia, Australia.
  • Rhytidoponera flava Crawley, 1915: Syntype, male(s), Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, The Natural History Museum.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Andersen A. N., C. L. Parr, L. M. Lowe, and W. J. Muller. 2007. Contrasting fire-related resilience of ecologically dominant ants in tropical savannas of northern Australia. Diversity and Distributions 13: 438-446.
  • Andersen A. N., J. C. Z. Woinarski, and B. Hoffman. 2004. Biogeography of the ant fauna of the Tiwi Islands, in northern Australia's moonsoonal tropics. Australian Journal of Zoology 52: 97-110.
  • Andersen A. N., M. Houadria, M. Berman, and M. van der Geest. Rainforest ants of the Tiwi Islands: a remarkable centr of endemism in Australia's monsoonal tropics. Insectes Sociaux 59: 433-441.
  • Andersen A. N., and A. D. Patel. 1994. Meat ants as dominant members of Australian ant communities: an experimental test of their influence on the foraging success and forager abundance of other species. Oecologia 98: 15-24.
  • Andersen, Alan N., John C.Z. Woinarski and Ben D. Hoffman. 2004. Biogeography of the ant fauna of the Tiwi Islands, in northern Australia's monsoonal tropics. Australian Journal of Zoology 52: 97-110.
  • CSIRO Collection
  • Janda M., G. D. Alpert, M. L. Borowiec, E. P. Economo, P. Klimes, E. Sarnat, and S. O. Shattuck. 2011. Cheklist of ants described and recorded from New Guinea and associated islands. Available on http://www.newguineants.org/. Accessed on 24th Feb. 2011.
  • Woinarski J.C.Z., H. Reichel, and A.N. Andersen. 1998. The distribution of ants on the Wessel and English Company islands, in the seasonal tropics of Australia's Northern Territory. Australian Journal of Zoology 46: 557-578.