Myrmecia infima

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Myrmecia infima
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. infima
Binomial name
Myrmecia infima
Forel, 1900

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Specimen Labels

Several workers swept from flowers by Dr. Darlington and myself near Government House (X. 21, '31, and X. 22, '31) and White Hill (X. 23, '31). According to Clark, who records this diminutive bull-dog ant from Rottnest Island, it occurs along the West Australian coast from Geraldton to Albany. I have taken it at Geraldton, in King's Park, Perth, and at Margaret River, always on flowers or foliage, but have never been able to find its nest. (Wheeler 1934)

Identification

Heterick (2009) - The taxonomy of the M. urens species-group is problematic, and most named taxa (including Myrmecia infima described from Perth, and Myrmecia nigra, described from East Fremantle) cannot be identified with any confidence based on morphological characters. However, possibly three species from this group are represented in the SWBP.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • infima. Myrmecia picta var. infima Forel, 1900b: 54 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Clark, 1943: 105 (q.m.). Combination in M. (Promyrmecia): Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 62; in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 105; in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, D.R. 1985: 11. Raised to species: Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 62; Clark, 1951: 192.

Type Material

Description

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