Austroponera castaneicolor

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Austroponera castaneicolor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Austroponera
Species: A. castaneicolor
Binomial name
Austroponera castaneicolor
(Dalla Torre, 1893)

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This species has winged queens unlike the co-occuring sibling species Austroponera castanea that is reported to have ergatoid queens (Wilson and Taylor 1967). Little else is known about the biology of Austroponera castaneicolor. It is not clear how Brown's notes about the biology of this other species (Brown 1958) may be a combination of observations about both of these Austroponera.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: New Zealand (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.

  • castanea. Ponera castanea Smith, 1876c: 489 (w.q.) NEW ZEALAND. [Junior primary homonym of castanea Mayr, above.] Replacement name: castaneicolor: Dalla Torre, 1893: 38.
  • castaneicolor. Ponera castaneicolor Dalla Torre, 1893: 38. Replacement name for castanea Smith, F. 1876c: 489. [Junior primary homonym of castanea Mayr, 1865: 69.] Combination in Euponera (Mesoponera): Emery, 1911d: 81; in Mesoponera: Wilson & Taylor, 1967: 103; in Pachycondyla: Brown, in Bolton, 1995b: 303; in Austroponera: Schmidt & Shattuck, 2014: 182.

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


Smith 1876. Page 489


  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1995a. [Untitled. Taxonomic changes in Pachycondyla attributed to Brown.] Pp. 302-311 in: Bolton, B. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 303, Combination in Pachycondyla)
  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 38, Replacement name for castanea Smith, F.)
  • Emery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125 (page 81, Combination in Euponera (Mesoponera))
  • Schmidt, C.A. & Shattuck, S.O. 2014. The higher classification of the ant subfamily Ponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), with a review of ponerine ecology and behavior. Zootaxa 3817, 1–242 (doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3817.1.1).
  • Smith, F. 1876c. Descriptions of three new species of Hymenoptera (Formicidae) from New Zealand. Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. 1876: 489-492 (page 489, replaced name)
  • Wilson, E. O.; Taylor, R. W. 1967b. The ants of Polynesia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Pac. Insects Monogr. 14: 1-109 (page 103, Combination in Mesoponera)