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Australian Faunal Directory


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Species Rhytidoponera metallica (Smith, 1858)

  • Ponera metallica Smith, F. 1858. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part 6. Formicidae. London : British Museum 216 pp. 14 pls. [27 Mar. 1858] [94].
    Type data:
     Lectotype BMNH worker, queen, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
  • Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera) metallica purpurascens Wheeler, W.M. 1915. Hymenoptera. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 39: 805-823 pls 64-66 [Dec. 1915] [805].
    Type data:
     Holotype MCZ worker, Moorilyanna, South Australia, Australia.
  • Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera) metallica varians Crawley, W.C. 1922. New ants from Australia. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 9 9: 427-448 [436].
    Type data:
     Syntype(s) OUM worker, Darlington, Western Australia, Australia.
  • Rhytidoponera (Chalcoponera) caeciliae Viehmeyer, H. 1924. Formiciden der australischen Faunenregion. Entomologische Mitteilungen. Berlin-Dahlem 13: 219-229 [227].
    Type data:
     Syntype(s) ZMB worker, queen, Kilolpanino (=Killalpaninna), South Australia, Australia.
  • Chalcoponera pulchra Clark, J. 1941. Australian Formicidae. Notes and new species. Memoirs of the National Museum of Victoria, Melbourne 12: 71-94 [86 pl. 13].
    Type data:
     Syntype(s) NMV worker, Forrest, Western Australia, Australia.


Taxonomic Decision for Synonymy

  • Brown, W.L. jr 1958. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. II. Tribe Ectatommini (Hymenoptera). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard 118: 173-362 [204]




Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


ACT, NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Vic, WA: Australian Alps (AA), Avon Wheatbelt (AW), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Burt Plain (BRT), Carnarvon (CAR), Channel Country (CHC), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Coolgardie (COO), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Central Ranges (CR), Davenport Murchison Ranges (DMR), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Esperance Plains (ESP), Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Finke (FIN), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Gascoyne (GAS), Gawler (GAW), Gibson Desert (GD), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Great Victoria Desert (GVD), Hampton (HAM), Jarrah Forest (JF), Kanmantoo (KAN), MacDonnell Ranges (MAC), Mallee (MAL), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mulga Lands (ML), Murchison (MUR), Nandewar (NAN), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Nullarbor (NUL), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields (SSD), Stony Plains (STP), Swan Coastal Plain (SWA), Tanami (TAN), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Warren (WAR), Wet Tropics (WT), Yalgoo (YAL)

Ecological Descriptors

Desert, noctidiurnal, open forest, predator, terrestrial, woodland.

Extra Ecological Information

Nest in ground layer.


General References

Crozier, R.H. 1969. Chromosome number polymorphism in an Australian ponerine ant. Canadian Journal of Genetics and Cytology 11: 333-339 (genetics)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
07-Aug-2012 25-Jul-2012 MODIFIED
07-Aug-2012 21-Feb-2011 MODIFIED
07-Aug-2012 29-May-2010 ADDED
25-May-2010 MODIFIED