Austroponera castaneicolor

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Austroponera castaneicolor
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Austroponera
Species: A. castaneicolor
Binomial name
Austroponera castaneicolor
(Dalla Torre, 1893)

Pachycondyla castaneicolor casent0172339 profile 1.jpg

Pachycondyla castaneicolor casent0172339 dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen labels


This species has winged queens unlike the co-occuring sibling species Austroponera castanea that is reported to have ergatoid queens (Wilson and Taylor 1967). Little else is known about the biology of Austroponera castaneicolor. It is not clear how Brown's notes about the biology of this other species (Brown 1958) may be a combination of observations about both of these Austroponera.



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -38.4° to -41.288965°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: New Zealand (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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.

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.




Images from AntWeb

Pachycondyla castaneicolor casent0172338 head 1.jpgPachycondyla castaneicolor casent0172338 profile 1.jpgPachycondyla castaneicolor casent0172338 dorsal 1.jpgPachycondyla castaneicolor casent0172338 label 1.jpg
Specimen code castaneicolor. .


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

  • castaneicolor. Ponera castaneicolor Emery, in Dalla Torre, 1893: 38.
    • Replacement name for Ponera castanea Smith, F. 1876c: 489. [Junior primary homonym of Ponera castanea Mayr, 1865: 69.]
    • Combination in Euponera (Mesoponera): Emery, 1911d: 81;
    • combination in Mesoponera: Wilson & Taylor, 1967: 103;
    • combination in Pachycondyla: Brown, in Bolton, 1995b: 303;
    • combination in Austroponera: Schmidt, C.A. & Shattuck, 2014: 182.
    • Junior synonym of castanea Mayr: Forel, 1905a: 353; Emery, 1911d: 81.
    • Status as species: Wilson & Taylor, 1967: 103; Taylor, 1987a: 39; Bolton, 1995b: 303; Don, 2007: 70.

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


Smith 1876. Page 489


  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1995a. [Untitled. Taxonomic changes in Pachycondyla attributed to Brown.] Pp. 302-311 in: Bolton, B. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 303, Combination in Pachycondyla)
  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 38, Replacement name for castanea Smith, F.)
  • Emery, C. 1911e. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125 (page 81, Combination in Euponera (Mesoponera))
  • Schmidt, C.A. & Shattuck, S.O. 2014. The higher classification of the ant subfamily Ponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), with a review of ponerine ecology and behavior. Zootaxa 3817, 1–242 (doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3817.1.1).
  • Smith, F. 1876c. Descriptions of three new species of Hymenoptera (Formicidae) from New Zealand. Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. 1876: 489-492 (page 489, replaced name)
  • Wilson, E. O.; Taylor, R. W. 1967b. The ants of Polynesia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Pac. Insects Monogr. 14: 1-109 (page 103, Combination in Mesoponera)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Stringer L. D., A. E. A. Stephens, D. M. Suckling, and J. G. Charles. 2009. Ant dominance in urban areas. Urban Ecosyst. 12: 503-514.
  • 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.
  • Ward D. 2005. Changes to the classification of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). The Weta 30: 16-18.
  • Ward D.F. 2009. The diversity, community composition and seasonality of native and introduced ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in northern New Zealand. Myrmecological News 12: 195-200.
  • Ward DF. 2009. The diversity, community composition and seasonality of native and introduced ants in northern New Zealand. Myrmecological News 12: 195-205
  • Wilson EO, Taylor RW. 1967. The ants of Polynesia. Pacific Insects Monograph 14:1-109.