Monomorium nigriceps

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Monomorium nigriceps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Monomorium
Species: M. nigriceps
Binomial name
Monomorium nigriceps
Heterick, 2001

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Specimen Labels

Beyond some clues from label data (rainforest, moss on rocks & trees, pyrethrum, Berlesate) little is known about the biology of Monomorium nigriceps.


Heterick (2001) - A member of the rubriceps group. As the name suggests, the black head of this species is diagnostic, and clearly separates it from the otherwise similar Monomorium leae and Monomorium centrale. The strongly indented anteromedial clypeal margin found in M. nigriceps is reminiscent of Monomorium forcipatum (New Caledonia).

Keys including this Species


This rainforest member of the rubriceps-group appears to have a restricted distribution in Northeast Queensland. Since the time of the study, an additional specimen has been identified among material collected by Prof. R. Kitching through canopy fogging in Eungella National Park.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

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.

  • nigriceps. Monomorium nigriceps Heterick, 2001: 434, fig. 44 (w.) AUSTRALIA.

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



Holotype. HML 1.77; HL 0.62; HW 0.53; CeI 85; SL 0.41; CeI 78; PW 0.36. Worker measurements. HML 1.69-1.78; HL 0.60-0.64; HW 0.52-0.54; CeI 84-87; SL 0.41-0.54; SI 78-83; PW 0.34-0.37 (4 measured).

As for the worker of Monomorium leae, but with the following apomorphies.

Head. Head square or rectangular. Compound eyes elliptical; (viewed from front) compound eyes set in anterior half of head capsule. Anteromedial clypeal margin emarginate, median clypeal carinae produced as pair of bluntly rounded denticles. Posteromedial clypeal margin level with posterior surface of antennal fossae. Palp formula unknown. Apical and basal mandibular margins meeting in curve.

Alitrunk. Dorsal promesonotal face evenly convex. Metanotal groove present as distinct and deeply impressed trough between promesonotum and propodeum. Propodeal sculpture present as faint microreticulation with few striae, mainly on lower lateral surface; processes absent (propodeum angulate in profile). Propodeal angle present; length ratio of dorsal face to declivitous face near 2: 1; declivitous face of propodeum longitudinally concave between its lateral margins. Propodeal setulae decumbent and subdecumbent.

Petiole and postpetiole. Petiolar node cuneate, dorsally rounded; sculpture absent, petiolar node smooth and shining. Ratio of greatest node breadth (viewed from front) to greatest node width (viewed in profile) near 4:3 to near 1: 1. Ventral lobe always absent. Height ratio of petiole to postpetiole near 4:3; height-length ratio of postpetiole near 2:1 to near 4:3.

General characters. Colour of alitrunk, petiole, postpetiole and appendages orange, head and gaster dark chocolate. Worker caste monomorphic.

Type Material

Holotype. Worker (top point), Queensland, Windsor Tableland, 8.i.1989, E. Schmid & ANZSES, 1186 m, site 9 pyrethrum (Australian National Insect Collection). Paratypes. Queensland: 1 + 2 workers, with same data as the holotype (ANIC, Museum of Comparative Zoology); 1 worker, Thornton Peak, 11 miles NE Daintree, 1.xii.1983, Monteith, Yeates & Thompson, QM berlesate no. 605, rainforest 1100 m, moss on rocks and trees (The Natural History Museum).


Latin: “black-headed”.