Polyrhachis atropos

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Polyrhachis atropos
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Hedomyrma
Species: P. atropos
Binomial name
Polyrhachis atropos
Smith, F., 1860

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Specimen labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia.
Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality), New Guinea.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • atropos. Polyrhachis atropos Smith, F. 1860b: 100, pl. 1, fig. 22 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Combination in P. (Hedomyrma): Emery, 1925b: 189. Senior synonym of eucharis: Kohout & Taylor, 1990: 513.
  • eucharis. Polyrhachis (Hedomyrma) eucharis Karavaiev, 1927e: 22, fig. 12 (w.q.) INDONESIA (Aru I.). Junior synonym of atropos: Kohout & Taylor, 1990: 513.

Type Material

  • Polyrhachis atropos: Holotype, worker, Manokwari, Irian Jaya (as Dory, New Guinea), Indonesia, Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
  • Polyrhachis (Hedomyrma) eucharis Karavaiev, 1927: Syntype, worker(s), Dobo, Wammar Island, Kepulauan Aru, Indonesia, NAP (Beijing).

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

Polyrhachis atropos

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Dor.” (= Dory I., New Guinea) and with a Donisthorpe type-label.



  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 189, Combination in P. (Hedomyrma))
  • Kohout, R. J.; Taylor, R. W. 1990. Notes on Australian ants of the genus Polyrhachis Fr. Smith, with a synonymic list of the species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). Mem. Qld. Mus. 28: 509-522 (page 513, Senior synonym of eucharis)
  • 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 100, pl. 1, fig. 22 worker described)