Smith, F., 1857
Kohout (2008) - Polyrhachis fruhstorferi bears a close resemblance to Polyrhachis flavicornis, a species that is widely distributed throughout South East Asia, including Borneo. In contrast, P. fruhstorferi appears to be endemic to Sulawesi. The outline and sculpturation of the head and mesosoma is very similar in both species and they have an almost identical configuration of the petiolar spines. I believe that P. fruhstorferi could prove to be just a population of P. flavicornis, but a more detailed study of the geographic variation of the latter species will be necessary to ascertain their true relationship.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- flavicornis. Polyrhachis flavicornis Smith, F. 1857a: 63 (w.q.) SINGAPORE. Combination in P. (Myrmatopa): Donisthorpe, 1932c: 446.
One worker syntype and one alate queen syntype in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “SING. 16” (= Singapore) and with a Donisthorpe type-label.
- 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 446, Combination in P. (Myrmatopa))
- Kohout, R.J. 2008a. 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. PDF
- Smith, F. 1857a. Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects collected at Sarawak, Borneo; Mount Ophir, Malacca; and at Singapore, by A. R. Wallace. [part]. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 2: 42-88 (page 63, worker, queen described)