Polyrhachis muelleri

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Polyrhachis muelleri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Camponotini
Genus: Polyrhachis
Subgenus: Myrmhopla
Species: P. muelleri
Binomial name
Polyrhachis muelleri
Forel, 1893

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Specimen Labels

A widely ranging forest species that forms silk nests on the underside of leaves.


A member of the Polyrhachis hector species group.

Keys including this Species


Kohout (2008) - Polyrhachis muelleri is a widespread species recorded from Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Sumatra and Java.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Polyrhachis muelleri nest.jpg

The fairly transparent silk-woven nest of about 10 cm in length is situated beneath a leaf of a ginger plant about 2 m above ground, in a primary rainforest. Larvae and pupae appear greenish; only the adult ants are black and thus well visible against the sunlight.

The biology of P. muelleri was described in detail by Dorow et al. (1990).




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

  • muelleri. Polyrhachis muelleri Forel, 1893c: 32 (w.) SINGAPORE. Forel, 1901d: 302 (q.m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1990b: 754 (l.). Combination in P. (Myrmhopla): Emery, 1925b: 193.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Type Material

Kohout (2008) - Syntype workers. SINGAPORE (A. Müller), Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève (examined).