Rhytidoponera rufescens

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Rhytidoponera rufescens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Rhytidoponera
Species: R. rufescens
Binomial name
Rhytidoponera rufescens
(Forel, 1900)

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Specimen Labels



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -17° to -22.70000076°.

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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Syntype of Rhytidoponera rufescensWorker. Specimen code casent0907138. 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.

  • rufescens. Ectatomma (Rhytidoponera) convexum var. rufescens Forel, 1900b: 58 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Queensland).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Queensland, Townsville (Turner) (by restriction of Brown, 1958g: 266).
    • [Note: other locality mentioned in original description is Queensland, Charters Towers (Wiederkehr).]
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • Clark, 1936: 88 (m.).
    • Combination in Rhytidoponera: Emery, 1911d: 38.
    • Subspecies of convexa: Emery, 1911d: 38; Clark, 1936: 85 (redescription).
    • Status as species: Brown, 1958g: 204, 266; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 47; Taylor, 1987a: 70; Bolton, 1995b: 380.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material



  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1958g. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. II. Tribe Ectatommini (Hymenoptera). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 118: 173-362 (page 204, Raised to species)
  • Clark, J. 1936. A revision of Australian species of Rhytidoponera Mayr (Formicidae). Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 9: 14-89 (page 88, male described)
  • Clark, J. 1936. A revision of Australian species of Rhytidoponera Mayr (Formicidae). Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 9: 14-89 (page 85, Subspecies of convexa)
  • Emery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125 (page 38, Combination in Rhytidoponera)
  • Forel, A. 1900b. Ponerinae et Dorylinae d'Australie récoltés par MM. Turner, Froggatt, Nugent, Chase, Rothney, J.-J. Walker, etc. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 44: 54-77 (page 58, worker described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • 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.