Polyrhachis rixosa

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

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Specimen Labels


Specimens have been collected from a range of lowland Sulawesi forest habitats from 100 - 600 m.


A member of the Polyrhachis relucens species group in the subgenus Myrma .

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

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.

  • rixosa. Polyrhachis rixosus Smith, F. 1858b: 68 (q.) INDONESIA (Sulawesi). Combination in P. (Myrma): Emery, 1925b: 202. Senior synonym of lycidas: Kohout, 1998: 523.
  • lycidas. Polyrhachis lycidas Smith, F. 1861b: 43, pl. 1, fig. 23 (w.) INDONESIA (Sulawesi). Mayr, 1867a: 58 (q.). Combination in P. (Myrma): Wheeler, W.M. 1919e: 123. Junior synonym of rixosa: Kohout, 1998: 523.

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) - Holotype queen. INDONESIA, SULAWESI, The Natural History Museum (examined).

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

Polyrhachis lycidas

Holotype worker in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Tond.” (= Tondano, Sulawesi) and with a Donisthorpe type-label.