Odontomachus nigriceps

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Odontomachus nigriceps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Odontomachus
Species: O. nigriceps
Binomial name
Odontomachus nigriceps
Smith, F., 1860

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Indo-Australian Region: New Guinea (type locality).

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

  • nigriceps. Odontomachus nigriceps Smith, F. 1860b: 103, pl. 1, fig. 9 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Subspecies of tyrannicus: Emery, 1897d: 557; Donisthorpe, 1947c: 579. Status as species: Donisthorpe, 1932c: 461; Wilson, 1959a: 496; Brown, 1976a: 105. Senior synonym of praefectus: Wilson, 1959a: 496.
  • praefectus. Odontomachus angulatus subsp. praefectus Forel, 1911e: 251 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Junior synonym of nigriceps: Wilson, 1959a: 496.

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Odontomachus nigriceps

There is no way of knowing if the Oxford University Museum of Natural History specimen marked as “type” by Donisthorpe is the true holotype or not. There is a second specimen, in The Natural History Museum, that is mounted in the same way as the Oxford University Museum of Natural History specimen, but the forms of the data labels differ.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History specimen has the standard paper disc, marked “DORY” (= Dory I., New Guinea), without other information.

The Natural History Museum specimen has a printed rectangular label, “59/58 Dory. New Guinea.” Acc. Reg.: “1859 no. 58 (June 24) Dory, New Guinea. Purchased of Mr S. Stevens; collected by Mr Alfred Wallace.”



  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1976c. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. Part VI. Ponerinae, tribe Ponerini, subtribe Odontomachiti. Section A. Introduction, subtribal characters. Genus Odontomachus. Stud. Entomol. 19: 67-171 (page 105, Status as species)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1932c. On the identity of Smith's types of Formicidae (Hymenoptera) collected by Alfred Russell Wallace in the Malay Archipelago, with descriptions of two new species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 10(10): 441-476 (page 461, Status as species)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1947c [1946]. Ants from New Guinea, including new species and a new genus. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 11(13): 577-595 (page 579, Variety of tyrannicus)
  • Emery, C. 1897d. Viaggio di Lamberto Loria nella Papuasia orientale. XVIII. Formiche raccolte nella Nuova Guinea dal Dott. Lamberto Loria. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 38[=(2(18): 546-576 (page 557, Variety of tyrannicus)
  • Smith, F. 1860b. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace in the islands of Bachian, Kaisaa, Amboyna, Gilolo, and at Dory in New Guinea. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 5(17b)(suppl. to vol. 4 4: 93-143 (page 103, pl. 1, fig. 9 worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 1959c. Studies on the ant fauna of Melanesia V. The tribe Odontomachini. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 120: 483-510 (page 496, Status as species, Senior synonym of praefectus)