Polyrhachis hostilis

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Polyrhachis hostilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Chariomyrma
Species: P. hostilis
Binomial name
Polyrhachis hostilis
Smith, F., 1859

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • hostilis. Polyrhachis hostilis Smith, F. 1859a: 139 (w.) INDONESIA (Aru I.). Combination in P. (Chariomyrma): Emery, 1925b: 187. Senior synonym of hebes, intricata: Bolton, 1974b: 175. Current subspecies: nominal plus circumflexa.
  • hirsuta. Polyrhachis hostilis var. hirsuta Viehmeyer, 1914b: 58 (w.) NEW GUINEA. [Junior primary homonym of hirsuta Mayr, above.] Replacement name: intricata Forel, 1918a: 727. [P. hirsuta Emery, 1911b: 532. Nomen nudum.]
  • intricata. Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) hostilis var. intricata Forel, 1918a: 727. Replacement name for hirsuta Viehmeyer, 1914b: 58. [Junior primary homonym of hirsuta Mayr, 1876: 75.] Junior synonym of hostilis: Bolton, 1974b: 175.
  • hebes. Polyrhachis (Chariomyrma) hostilis subsp. hebes Donisthorpe, 1941h: 62 (w.) NEW GUINEA. Junior synonym of hostilis: Bolton, 1974b: 175.

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

Polyrhachis hostilis

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



  • Bolton, B. 1974b [1973]. New synonymy and a new name in the ant genus Polyrhachis F. Smith (Hym., Formicidae). Entomol. Mon. Mag. 109: 172-180 (page 175, Senior synonym of hebes and intricata)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 187, Combination in P. (Chariomyrma))
  • Smith, F. 1859a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace at the islands of Aru and Key. [part]. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 3: 132-158 (page 139, worker described)