Polyrhachis semipolita

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Polyrhachis semipolita
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Campomyrma
Species complex: hexacantha
Species: P. semipolita
Binomial name
Polyrhachis semipolita
André, 1896

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Specimen Labels

Like the other members of the P. hexacantha complex, this species occurs in the mountainous parts of southeastern New South Wales and the ACT to the Victorian Alps and as far south as Tasmania.


With its highly polished body, P. semipolita is a very easily recognised member of the hexacantha complex (Kohout, 2012).

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

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.

  • semipolita. Polyrhachis semipolita André, 1896b: 251 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in P. (Campomyrma): Emery, 1925b: 179. Subspecies of hexacantha: Emery, 1898a: 228. Revived status as species: Clark, 1934c: 72.

Type Material



  • André, E. 1896d. Fourmis nouvelles d'Asie et d'Australie. Rev. Entomol. (Caen) 15: 251-265 PDF (page 251, worker described)
  • Clark, J. 1934c. Ants from the Otway Ranges. Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 8: 48-73 (page 72, Revived status as species)
  • Emery, C. 1898a. Aggiunte e correzioni al saggio di un catalogo sistematico dei generi Camponotus, Polyrachis [sic] e affini. Rend. Sess. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (n.s.) 2: 225-231 (page 228, Subspecies of hexacantha)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 179, Combination in P. (Campomyrma))
  • Kohout, R. 2012. A new species of the subgenus Campomyrma Wheeler of the genus Polyrhachis Fr. Smith from the Australian Capital Territory (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). Australian Entomologist 39, 321-329.