This species is known from only two workers and one queen.
A member of the ritae complex of the ritae species group that most resembles Myrmica urbanii by the sculpture of head dorsum but well differs from the latter by its great size, shorter scape, petiole and propodeal spines. (Radchenko & Elmes, 2010)
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Workers and queens are described, males are unknown.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- gigantea. Aphaenogaster (Nystalomyrma) gigantea Collingwood, 1962: 225, fig. 7 (w.q.) MYANMAR. Combination in Myrmica: Radchenko & Elmes, 1998: 13. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 143.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - Holotype, w, “NE Burma, Kombaiti, 15.iv.1934, leg. R. Malaise” (STOCKHOLM); paratype, 1 q with same collection data as the holotype (STOCKHOLM);
Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - from the Latin word gigas = giant, to indicate its exceptionally large size compared with similar Aphaenogaster species.
- Collingwood, C. A. 1962. Some ants (Hym. Formicidae) from north-east Asia. Entomol. Tidskr. 83: 215-230 PDF (page 225, fig. 7 worker, queen described)
- Radchenko, A. G.; Elmes, G. W. 1998. Taxonomic revision of the ritae species-group of the genus Myrmica (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Vestn. Zool. 32(4): 3-27 (page 13, Combination in Myrmica)
- Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.