Rhytidoponera insularis

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Rhytidoponera insularis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Rhytidoponera
Species: R. insularis
Binomial name
Rhytidoponera insularis
Ward, 1984



Paratype Specimen Label



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -22.58333333° to -22.66666985°.

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.

  • insularis. Rhytidoponera insularis Ward, 1984: 157, figs. 53, 54, 59, 60 (w.) NEW CALEDONIA.
    • Type-material: holotype worker, paratype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: holotype New Caledonia: Ile des Pins, Baie d’Oupi, <5 m., 22°38’S, 167°32’E, 10.v.1980, acc. no. 7582, on low vegetation, rainforest (P.S. Ward); paratypes with same data but acc. nos 4282-2, 4285-1 (P.S. Ward), workers Ile des Pins, Tribu de Touéte, 10 m., 22°35’S, 167°31’E, acc. nos 4276-2, 4278 (P.S. Ward), workers Ile des Pins, Kuto Peninsula, 15 m., 22°40’S, 167°26’E, acc. nos 4271, 4288, 4289, 4290, 4293-1, 4294-2 (P.S. Ward), 9 workers Ile des Pins, Kuto Peninsula, 1.iv.1977 (W.L. Brown).
    • Type-depositories: ANIC (holotype); ANIC, BMNH, BPBM, MCZC, MNHN, PSWC (paratypes).
    • Status as species: Taylor, 1987a: 72; Bolton, 1995b: 379.
    • Distribution: New Caledonia.

Type Material



Ward, P. S. 1984. A revision of the ant genus Rhytidoponera (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in New Caledonia. Aust. J. Zool. 32: 131-175 (page 157, figs. 53, 54, 59, 60 worker described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • CSIRO Collection
  • 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.