Rhytidoponera inornata

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Rhytidoponera inornata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Rhytidoponera
Species: R. inornata
Binomial name
Rhytidoponera inornata
Crawley, 1922

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One of the more common species of Rhytidoponera in the south-west corner of WA. It occurs in natural habitats and urban areas.

Identification

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Nomenclature

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

  • inornata. Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera) metallica var. inornata Crawley, 1922b: 436 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Crawley, 1925b: 591 (m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971b: 1201 (l.). Raised to species and senior synonym of carbonaria: Brown, 1958g: 203.
  • carbonaria. Chalcoponera metallica var. carbonaria Wheeler, W.M. 1934d: 139 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of inornata: Brown, 1958g: 203.

Type Material

  • Chalcoponera metallica carbonaria Wheeler, 1934: Syntype, 6 workers, Rottnest Island, Western Australia, Australia, Wheeler,W.M., Harv. Austr. Exp., ANIC32-011952, Australian National Insect Collection.
  • Chalcoponera metallica carbonaria Wheeler, 1934: Syntype, 2 workers, City of York Bay, Rottnest Island, Western Australia, Australia, Museum of Comparative Zoology.
  • Chalcoponera metallica carbonaria Wheeler, 1934: Syntype, 43 workers, Rottnest Island, Western Australia, Australia, Museum of Comparative Zoology.
  • Chalcoponera metallica carbonaria Wheeler, 1934: Syntype, 3 workers, Rottnest Island, Western Australia, Australia, Western Australian Museum.
  • Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera) metallica inornata Crawley, 1922: Syntype, 1 worker, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, The Natural History Museum.
  • Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera) metallica inornata Crawley, 1922: Syntype, worker(s), Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
  • Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera) metallica inornata Crawley, 1922: Syntype, 3 workers, Perth, Western Australia, Australia, Queensland Museum.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

Male

Crawley (1925) - Length 5.5 mm.

Smaller and slenderer than the type. Entirely black except for the ferruginous tarsi and apical segments of gaster. Scape somewhat thicker. Sculpture of postpetiole and first segment of gaster much coarser, consisting of irregular striae encircling the base of the postpetiole, together with a few elongate punctures. The following segment is longitudinally reticulate-punctate with small isolated punctures here and there. Both segments shining. Otherwise like the male of metallica.

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