Polyrhachis alata

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Polyrhachis alata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrmatopa
Species: P. alata
Binomial name
Polyrhachis alata
Forel, 1904

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Specimen labels

Specimens have been collected from fogging samples in agroforest from 835 - 1100 m.


A member of the Polyrhachis schnag species group.

Kohout (2008) - Polyrhachis alata differs from the very similar Polyrhachis schang in having higher and more acute dorsolateral mesonotal prominences, higher and longer and more slender petiolar spines, and by its conspicuous bicoloured pattern.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality), Sulawesi.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • alata. Polyrhachis gracilis r. alata Forel, 1904d: 177 (w.) INDONESIA (Sulawesi). Combination in P. (Myrmatopa): Emery, 1925b: 181. Subspecies of schang: Emery, 1925b: 181. Raised to species: Kohout, 1998: 507.

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


Type Material

Kohout (2008) - Holotype worker. INDONESIA, SULAWESI, Patuhuang (H. Fruhstorfer), Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève (examined).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Chapman, J. W., and Capco, S. R. 1951. Check list of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Asia. Monogr. Inst. Sci. Technol. Manila 1: 1-327
  • Forel A. 1904. Fourmis du Musée de Bruxelles. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 48: 168-177.
  • Kohout R. J. 1998. New synonyms and nomenclatural changes in the ant genus Polyrhachis Fr. Smith (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 42: 505-531
  • Kohout, R. J. 2008. A review of the Polyrhachis ants of Sulawesi with keys and descriptions of new species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 52:255-317.
  • Robson Simon Database Polyrhachis -05 Sept 2014