Rhytidoponera tasmaniensis

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Rhytidoponera tasmaniensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Rhytidoponera
Species: R. tasmaniensis
Binomial name
Rhytidoponera tasmaniensis
Emery, 1898

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Specimen Labels

Synonyms

Identification

Distribution

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -27.43333° to -42.639465°.

   
North
Temperate
North
Subtropical
Tropical South
Subtropical
South
Temperate

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

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Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.

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Biology

Castes

A colony was sampled near Bateman's Bay, NSW. Seven workers dissected had 4-7 ovarioles, including one gamergate (C. Peeters, unpublished)

Worker

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • tasmaniensis. Rhytidoponera metallica var. tasmaniensis Emery, 1898b: 232 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Tasmania).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated, “several”).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Tasmania (C. Bicknell).
    • Type-depositories: ANIC, MSNG.
    • Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1964b: 449 (l.); Crozier, 1969: 241 (k.).
    • Subspecies of metallica: Emery, 1911d: 39; Emery, 1912a: 79; Clark, 1934c: 58.
    • Status as species: Brown, 1958g: 205; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 48; Taylor, 1987a: 71; Bolton, 1995b: 381.
    • Senior synonym of cristulatum: Brown, 1958g: 205, 277; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 48; Taylor, 1987a: 71; Bolton, 1995b: 381.
    • Distribution: Australia.
  • cristulatum. Ectatomma (Rhytidoponera) metallicum var. cristulatum Forel, 1900b: 59 (w.) AUSTRALIA (no state data).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Australia: (no further data) (Froggatt).
    • Type-depositories: ANIC, MHNG.
    • Forel, 1907a: 2 (m.); Crawley, 1918: 88 (m.).
    • Combination in Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera): Emery, 1911d: 39.
    • Subspecies of metallica: Forel, 1907a: 1; Emery, 1911d: 39; Emery, 1912a: 79; Emery, 1914b: 180; Crawley, 1918: 88.
    • Junior synonym of tasmaniensis: Brown, 1958g: 205, 277; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 48; Taylor, 1987a: 71; Bolton, 1995b: 379.

Type Material

Description

Karyotype

  • 2n = 30 (Australia) (Crozier et al., 1986).
  • 2n = 46 (Australia) (Crozier et al., 1986).

References

  • Beaumont, K.P., Mackay, D.A., Whalen, M.A. 2013. Multiphase myrmecochory: the roles of different ant species and effects of fire. Oecologia 172, 791–803 (doi:10.1007/s00442-012-2534-2).
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1958g. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. II. Tribe Ectatommini (Hymenoptera). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 118: 173-362 (page 205, Raised to species, and senior synonym of cristulatum)
  • Crozier, R. H. 1969a [1968]. Cytotaxonomic studies on some Australian dolichoderine ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Caryologia 21: 241-259 (page 241, karyotype described)
  • Emery, C. 1898b. Descrizioni di formiche nuove malesi e australiane. Note sinonimiche. Rend. Sess. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (n.s.) 2: 231-245 (page 232, worker described)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1964b. The ant larvae of the subfamily Ponerinae: supplement. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 57: 443-462 (page 449, larva described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Andersen A. N. 1983. A brief survey of ants in Glenaladale National Park, with particular reference to seed-harvesting. Victorian Naturalist 100(6): 233-237.
  • Andersen A. N. 1986. Diversity, seasonality and community organization of ants at adjacents heath and woodland sites in South-Eastern Asutralia. Australian Journal of Zoolology 34: 53-64.
  • Andersen A.N., and M.E. McKaige. 1987. Ant communities at Rotamah Island, Victoria, with particular references to disturbance and Rhytidoponera tasmaniensis. Proc. R. Soc. Vict 99(4):141-146.
  • Borgelt A., and T. R. New. 2006. Pitfall trapping for ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) in mesic Australia: what is the best trapping period? Journal of Insect Conservation 10: 75-77.
  • CSIRO Collection
  • Chong C-S., L. J. Thomson, and A. A. Hoffmann. 2011. High diversity of ants in Australian vineyards. Australian Journal of Entomology 50: 7-21.
  • Emery C. 1898. Descrizioni di formiche nuove malesi e australiane. Note sinonimiche. Rendiconti delle Sessioni della Reale Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna (n.s.)2: 231-245.
  • Emery C. 1911. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125.
  • Emery C. 1912. Revision der Rhytidoponera (subg. Chalcoponera) der metallica-Gruppe. (Hym.-Formic.). Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 1912: 77-81.
  • Emery C. 1914. Formiche d'Australia e di Samoa raccolte dal Prof. Silvestri nel 1913. Bollettino del Laboratorio di Zoologia Generale e Agraria della Reale Scuola Superiore d'Agricoltura. Portici 8: 179-186.
  • Mann V. 2013. Using insect biodiversity to measure the effectiveness of on-farm restoration plantings. Master of Environmental Management at the School of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Tasmania 111 pages.
  • Taylor R. W. 1987. A checklist of the ants of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Entomology Report 41: 1-92.
  • Taylor R. W., and D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2: 1-149.