Rhytidoponera cristata

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Rhytidoponera cristata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Rhytidoponera
Species: R. cristata
Binomial name
Rhytidoponera cristata
(Mayr, 1876)

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Specimen Labels



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -15.3° to -32.22°.

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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Worker. Specimen code casent0281304. Photographer Estella Ortega, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by PSWC, Philip S. Ward Collection.
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Syntype of Rhytidoponera cristataWorker. Specimen code casent0907143. Photographer Will Ericson, 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.

  • cristata. Ectatomma cristatum Mayr, 1876: 91 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Queensland).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Queensland, Gayndah.
    • Type-depository: NHMW.
    • Clark, 1936: 50 (m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1952a: 126 (l.).
    • Combination in E. (Rhytidoponera): Emery, in Dalla Torre, 1893: 24;
    • combination in Rhytidoponera: Emery, 1897d: 548.
    • Status as species: Dalla Torre, 1893: 24; Emery, 1911d: 38; Clark, 1936: 49 (redescription); Brown, 1958g: 203; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 42; Taylor, 1987a: 68; Bolton, 1995b: 379.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material



  • Clark, J. 1936. A revision of Australian species of Rhytidoponera Mayr (Formicidae). Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 9: 14-89 (page 50, male described)
  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 24, Combination in E. (Rhytidoponera))
  • Emery, C. 1897d. Viaggio di Lamberto Loria nella Papuasia orientale. XVIII. Formiche raccolte nella Nuova Guinea dal Dott. Lamberto Loria. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 38[=(2(18): 546-576 (page 548, Combination in Rhytidoponera)
  • Mayr, G. 1876. Die australischen Formiciden. J. Mus. Godeffroy 12: 56-115 (page 91, worker described)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1952a. The ant larvae of the subfamily Ponerinae - Part I. Am. Midl. Nat. 48: 111-144 (page 126, larva described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Clark J. 1936. A revision of Australian species of Rhytidoponera Mayr (Formicidae). Memoirs of the National Museum of Victoria 9: 14-89
  • Schnell M. R., A. J. Pik, and J. M. Dangerfield. 2003. Ant community succession within eucalypt plantations on used pasture and implications for taxonomic sufficiency in biomonitoring. Austral Ecology 28: 553–565.
  • 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.