Myrmica foreliana

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Myrmica foreliana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. foreliana
Binomial name
Myrmica foreliana
Radchenko & Elmes, 2001

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Specimen Label


Nothing is known about the biology of Myrmica foreliana.


A member of the [[Myrmica_Species_Groups#rugosa-complex|rugosa complex of the rugosa species group] that is most similar to Myrmica rupestris. This species was described only from a single worker, we found no more examples in any of the collections examined. The holotype specimen clearly differs from M. rupestris by its smaller size (HW 0.77, AL 1.46 mm, VS. HW> 0.78, AL > 1.80 mm), somewhat longer head (CI 1.39 us. CI < 1.35) and by the surfaces between rugae on its head and alitrunk being densely punctated and appearing more or less dull. However, additional material is required before a clearer treatment of this species can be made. Queens, males and the ecology are unknown.

Keys including this Species


Known only from the type locality in Central Himalaya.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • carbonaria. Myrmica smythiesii subsp. carbonaria Forel, 1902c: 227 (w.) INDIA. [Junior primary homonym of carbonaria Smith, F. 1858b: 127, above.] Replacement name: foreliana Radchenko & Elmes, 2001a: 247.
  • foreliana. Myrmica foreliana Radchenko & Elmes, 2001a: 247. Replacement name for carbonaria Forel, 1902c: 227. [Junior primary homonym of carbonaria Smith, F. 1858b: 127.] See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 135.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Type Material

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - Holotype, w, "Himalaya, Pachmarhi, Shurr, 30.vii.93 (Rothney)" (GENEVA).


Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - dedicated to Auguste Forel, the famous Swiss myrmecologist, to indicate this species was originally described using a homonym, by Auguste Forel. M. carbonaria: from the Latin word carbo = carbon, to describe its dark charcoal-like colour.


  • Forel, A. 1902c. Myrmicinae nouveaux de l'Inde et de Ceylan. Rev. Suisse Zool. 10: 165-249 (page 227, Replacement name for carbonaria)
  • Radchenko, A. G.; Elmes, G.W. 2001b. A taxonomic revision of the ant genus Myrmica Latreille, 1804 from the Himalaya (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Entomol. Basil. 23: 237-276 (page 247, Replacement name for carbonaria)
  • Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.