Polyrhachis femorata

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Polyrhachis femorata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Campomyrma
Species group: femorata
Species: P. femorata
Binomial name
Polyrhachis femorata
Smith, F., 1858

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Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -16.21666667° to -41.215°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Association with Other Organisms

This species is a host for the eucharitid wasp Rhipipalloidea mira (a parasite) (Universal Chalcidoidea Database) (primary host).



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

  • femorata. Polyrhachis femoratus Smith, F. 1858b: 73, pl. 4, fig. 46 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1953e: 207 (l.). Combination in P. (Campomyrma): Forel, 1915b: 113. Senior synonym of emeryi: Forel, 1894b: 72; Taylor, 1989a: 23.
  • emeryi. Camponotus emeryi Forel, 1879a: 113, pl. 1, fig. 4 (q.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of femorata: Forel, 1894b: 72; Taylor, 1989a: 23.

Type Material

  • Camponotus emeryi Forel, 1880: Holotype, queen, Australia, Australia, museum unknown (probably MHNG (Geneva)).
  • Polyrhachis femoratus Smith, 1858: Syntype, worker(s), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, The Natural History Museum.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Emery C. 1887. Catalogo delle formiche esistenti nelle collezioni del Museo Civico di Genova. Parte terza. Formiche della regione Indo-Malese e dell'Australia. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 24(4): 209-258.
  • Kohout R. J. 2000. A review of the distribution of the Polyrhachis and Echinopla ants of the Queensland wet tropics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Formicinae). Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 46: 183-209
  • Sinclair J. E., and T. R. New. 2004. Pine plantations in south eastern Australia support highly impoverished ant assemblages (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Insect Conservation 8: 277-286.
  • Taylor R. W. 1987. A checklist of the ants of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Entomology Report 41: 1-92.