This species, the first species in the genus described from Australia, is so far known only from type material. It can be recognised by the irregular rugose body sculpturing which is in contrast to the remaining Australian species where distinct carinae are present on the head and mesosoma. It is curious that this species was the first described given that it is one of the rarest in the genus. (Shattuck 2009)
Shattuck (2009) - Rugae on head and dorsum of mesosoma irregular and ill-defined, not forming a regular pattern. The presence of irregular rugae on the body of this species will separate it from all other Australian species.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- rugosa. Myrmecina rugosa Forel, 1902h: 438 (w.m.) AUSTRALIA. See also: Shattuck, 2009a: 13.
- Syntype, 1 worker, Mackay, Queensland, Australia, Australian National Insect Collection.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Shattuck (2009) - Antennal scapes smooth or with low ridges. First segment of funiculus cone-shaped. Sides of head behind compound eyes smooth. Sculpturing on dorsal surface of mesosoma ill-defined and irregular rugae. Dorsal and lateral surfaces of mesosoma separated by an indistinct angle or ridge which interrupts or breaks the mesosomal sculpturing. Metanotal spines very short. Propodeal spines long. Erect hairs abundant, straight. Colour dark brown-black, antennae, mandibles, legs and tip of gaster yellow-red.
(n = 1) - CI 101; HL 0.64; HW 0.65; MTL 0.35; SI 81; SL 0.53; WL 0.78.
- Forel, A. 1902j. Fourmis nouvelles d'Australie. Rev. Suisse Zool. 10: 405-548 (page 438, worker, male described)
- Shattuck, S.O. 2009a. A revision of the Australian species of the ant genus Myrmecina. Zootaxa 2146: 1-21. PDF