Wheeler, W.M., 1915
Heterick (2009) - These ants are visual predators. Typical encounters with even a solitary forager shows that they are a formidable and aggressive species. Nest workers are also always ready to rush out of their mound to attack an intruder. Myrmecia desertorum is possibly the most common bulldog ant in the SWBP. Their nest mounds may be huge, up to 2 m in diameter (Ogata and Taylor 1991).
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Workers forage during the day, making them an obvious component of the Australian Arid Zone. As with all species of Myrmecia, these are highly visual and aggressive ants, detecting intruders and threats from some distance away, turning towards them and either attaching or retreating, depending primarily on the proximity to the nest (the closer the nest the more aggressive these ants are).
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- desertorum. Myrmecia vindex var. desertorum Wheeler, W.M. 1915g: 805 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Clark, 1925b: 144 (q.m.). Raised to species: Clark, 1930c: 22. Senior synonym of lutea, princeps: Brown, 1953j: 25. See also: Clark, 1951: 59.
- lutea. Myrmecia lutea Crawley, 1922b: 429 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of desertorum: Brown, 1953j: 25.
- princeps. Myrmecia princeps Clark, 1951: 46, fig. 24 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of desertorum: Brown, 1953j: 25.
- Myrmecia lutea: Syntype, 2 workers, Ludlow, Western Australia, Australia, Clark,J., ANIC32-006188, Australian National Insect Collection.
- Myrmecia lutea: Syntype, 1 worker, Darlington, Western Australia, Australia, Clark,J., ANIC32-006189, Australian National Insect Collection.
- Myrmecia lutea: Syntype, 1 worker, Darlington, Western Australia, Australia, Museum of Comparative Zoology.
- Myrmecia lutea: Syntype, worker(s), Ludlow, Western Australia, Australia, Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
- Myrmecia princeps: Holotype, worker, Tarcoola, South Australia, Australia, Millar,K., ANIC32-015322, Australian National Insect Collection.
- Myrmecia princeps: Paratype, 1 worker, Tarcoola, South Australia, Australia, Millar,K., ANIC32-006187, Australian National Insect Collection.
- Myrmecia vindex desertorum: Syntype, 1 worker, Todmorden, South Australia, Australia, Museum of Comparative Zoology.
- Myrmecia vindex desertorum: Syntype, 1 worker, Todmorden, South Australia, Australia, South Australian Museum.
- Brown, W. L., Jr. 1953j. Revisionary notes on the ant genus Myrmecia of Australia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 111: 1-35 (page 25, senior synonym of lutea and princeps)
- Clark, J. 1925b. The ants of Victoria. Part II. Vic. Nat. (Melb.) 42: 135-144 (page 144, queen, male described)
- Clark, J. 1930c. New Formicidae, with notes on some little-known species. Proc. R. Soc. Vic. (n.s.) 43: 2-25 (page 22, raised to species)
- Clark, J. 1951. The Formicidae of Australia. 1. Subfamily Myrmeciinae: 230 pp. CSIRO, Melbourne. [(31.xii).1951.] PDF
- Heterick, B. E. 2009. A guide to the ants of South-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 76:1-206. PDF
- Wheeler, W. M. 1915h. Hymenoptera. [In "Scientific notes on an expedition into the north-western regions of South Australia".]. Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 39: 805-823 (page 805, worker described)