Rhytidoponera chalybaea

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Rhytidoponera chalybaea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Rhytidoponera
Species: R. chalybaea
Binomial name
Rhytidoponera chalybaea
Emery, 1901

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Specimen labels

At a Glance • Polygynous  




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality), New Zealand.
Indo-Australian Region: Solomon Islands.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • chalybaea. Rhytidoponera impressa var. chalybaea Emery, 1901a: 51 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971b: 1201 (l.); Imai, Crozier & Taylor, 1977: 347 (k.). Combination in R. (Chalcoponera): Emery, 1911d: 39. Raised to species and senior synonym of cyrus: Brown, 1954g: 4. See also: Ward, 1980: 478.
  • cyrus. Ectatomma (Rhytidoponera) cyrus Forel, 1910b: 13 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera): Emery, 1911d: 39. Junior synonym of chalybaea: Brown, 1954g: 4.

Type Material



  • 2n = 42 (Australia) (Imai et al., 1977).


  • 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 PDF (page 4, Raised to species, and senior synonym of cyrus)
  • Emery, C. 1901b. Notes sur les sous-familles des Dorylines et Ponérines (Famille des Formicides). Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 45: 32-54 (page 51, worker described)
  • Emery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125 (page 39, Combination in R. (Chalcoponera))
  • Imai, H. T.; Crozier, R. H.; Taylor, R. W. 1977. Karyotype evolution in Australian ants. Chromosoma (Berl.) 59: 341-393 (page 347, karyotype described)
  • Ward, P. S. 1980a. A systematic revision of the Rhytidoponera impressa group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Australia and New Guinea. Aust. J. Zool. 28: 475-498 (page 478, see also)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1971b. Ant larvae of the subfamily Ponerinae: second supplement. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 6 64: 1197-1217 (page 1201, larva described)