Myrmecia varians

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Myrmecia varians
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. varians
Binomial name
Myrmecia varians
Mayr, 1876

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Specimen Labels

Synonyms

Identification

Little separates M. varians from Myrmecia michaelseni and Myrmecia rugosa, but Ogata and Taylor (1991) use subtle differences in the length of the pronotal setae and the appearance of the mandibles to distinguish them.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Heterick (2009) - Myrmecia varians, described from the eastern states, is represented by one specimen each from Nerren Nerren Stn, just outside the boundaries of the SWBP (McKenzie, Keighery et al. 2000) and from Westonia.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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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.

  • varians. Myrmecia varians Mayr, 1876: 94 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Clark, 1943: 127 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 254 (l.). Combination in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 126; in Myrmecia: Brown, 1953j: 15. Senior synonym of rufonigra: Clark, 1943: 126; of goudiei, marmorata, shepherdi, wilsoni: Brown, 1953j: 15. See also: Clark, 1951: 181.
  • rufonigra. Myrmecia rufonigra Crawley, 1921: 87 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of varians: Clark, 1943: 126.
  • goudiei. Promyrmecia goudiei Clark, 1943: 129, pl. 15, figs. 48, 49 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of varians: Brown, 1953j: 15.
  • shepherdi. Promyrmecia shepherdi Clark, 1943: 128, pl. 15, figs. 50-52 (w.q.m.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of varians: Brown, 1953j: 15.
  • wilsoni. Promyrmecia wilsoni Clark, 1943: 127, pl. 15, fig. 66 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of varians: Brown, 1953j: 15.
  • marmorata. Promyrmecia marmorata Clark, 1951: 188, fig. 157 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of varians: Brown, 1953j: 15.

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Description

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