Polyrhachis flavicornis

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Polyrhachis flavicornis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrmatopa
Species: P. flavicornis
Binomial name
Polyrhachis flavicornis
Smith, F., 1857

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Specimen Labels


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.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore (type locality).
Oriental Region: Laos, Thailand.

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.

  • flavicornis. Polyrhachis flavicornis Smith, F. 1857a: 63 (w.q.) SINGAPORE. Combination in P. (Myrmatopa): Donisthorpe, 1932c: 446.

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

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.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Jaitrong W., B. Guenard, E. P. Economo, N. Buddhakala, and S. Yamane. 2016. A checklist of known ant species of Laos (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Asian Myrmecology 8: 1-32. DOI: 10.20362/am.008019
  • Noon-anant N., S. Watanasit, S. Yamane, and D. Wiwatwitaya. 2008. Nesting habits of Polyrhachis (Myrmatopa) flavicornis (Formicidae: Formicinae) in the lowland tropical rain forest of Peninsulat Thailand. Sociobiology 51(1): 73-86.
  • Pfeiffer M.; Mezger, D.; Hosoishi, S.; Bakhtiar, E. Y.; Kohout, R. J. 2011. The Formicidae of Borneo (Insecta: Hymenoptera): a preliminary species list. Asian Myrmecology 4:9-58
  • Robson Simon Database Polyrhachis -05 Sept 2014