Radchenko, Elmes & Collingwood, 1999
Little is known about the biology of Myrmica brancuccii. One sample was collected at an altitude 2400 m.
Well discriminated from almost all Old World Myrmica by its striato-punctated first gastral tergite, sharing this unusual feature only with Myrmica sculptiventris from SW China, but the latter species clearly differs from M. brancuccii by the transversal rugosity on the mesonotal and propodeal dorsum. Workers are very variable in size, so that this could be a relatively polymorphic species in comparison with other Myrmica species. We can not place this species with certainty into any species group. (Radchenko and Elmes 2010)
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Known only from the worker caste.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- brancuccii. Myrmica brancuccii Radchenko, Elmes & Collingwood, in Radchenko & Elmes, 1999a: 30, fig. 1 (1-5) (w.) NEPAL. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 106.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Holotype, w, "Nepal, Utrot, l3.v.83, leg. M. Brancucci" (LONDON); paratypes: 5 w, with the same label as holotype; 14 w, "Nepal, Lawarai, 21.05.83, lcg. M. Brancucci"; 1 w, "Nepal, Lumle, vi.88, leg. Collingwood"; 9 w, "Pakistan, Chitral V., bctween Dir and Lavari Pass, 2400 m, 1l.viii.1994, leg. S. Dacatra" (LONDON, BASLE, LEEDS, MILAN, KIEV, ELMES).
Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - this species was dedicated to the well-known coleopterologist, Prof. Michael Brancucci, of the Natural History Museum Basle, who collected the type material.
- Radchenko, A. G.; Elmes, G. W.; Collingwood, C. A. 1999. [Untitled. Myrmica brancuccii Radchenko, Elmes & Collingwood, sp. n.] Pp. 30-31 in: Radchenko, A. G.; Elmes, G. W. 1999a. Ten new species of Myrmica (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from the Himalaya. Vestn. Zool. 33(3): 27-46 PDF (page 30, fig. 1 (1-5) worker described)
- Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.