Rhytidoponera aurata

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Rhytidoponera aurata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Rhytidoponera
Species: R. aurata
Binomial name
Rhytidoponera aurata
(Roger, 1861)

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Specimen labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).
Indo-Australian Region: 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.

  • aurata. Ponera (Ectatomma) aurata Roger, 1861b: 169 (w.) AUSTRALIA (attributed to Le Guillou). Clark, 1936: 28 (m.). Combination in Ectatomma: Mayr, 1876: 91; in E. (Rhytidoponera): Dalla Torre, 1893: 23; in Rhytidoponera: Emery, 1911d: 37. Senior synonym of flava: Clark, 1936: 28.
  • flava. Rhytidoponera (Rhytidoponera) flava Crawley, 1915b: 232 (m.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of aurata: Clark, 1936: 28.

Type Material

  • Ponera (Ectatomma) aurata Roger, 1861: Holotype, worker, Australia, Australia.
  • Rhytidoponera flava Crawley, 1915: Syntype, male(s), Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, The Natural History Museum.



  • Clark, J. 1936. A revision of Australian species of Rhytidoponera Mayr (Formicidae). Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 9: 14-89 (page 28, male described)
  • Clark, J. 1936. A revision of Australian species of Rhytidoponera Mayr (Formicidae). Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 9: 14-89 (page 28, Senior synonym of flava)
  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 23, Combination in E. (Rhytidoponera))
  • Emery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125 (page 37, Combination in Rhytidoponera)
  • Mayr, G. 1876. Die australischen Formiciden. J. Mus. Godeffroy 12: 56-115 (page 91, Combination in Ectatomma)
  • Nielsen, M.G. 2001. Energetic cost of foraging in the ant Rhytidoponera aurata in tropical Australia. Physiological Entomology 26: 248-253.
  • Roger, J. 1861b. Myrmicologische Nachlese. Berl. Entomol. Z. 5: 163-174 (page 169, worker described (attributed to Guillou))