Poorly known. It lives in open forests at about 2500 m.
A member of the ritae complex of the ritae species group. Myrmica alperti had a more robust body and shorter appendages, a differently shaped petiole and more rounded apically propodeal lobes; Myrmica weberi was distinctly smaller and more "glossy" with frontal carinae that curve outwards to merge with the ruga that surround the antennal socket. All three forms resemble Myrmica serica by the sculpture on the head dorsum, but differ from the latter by the absence of standing hairs on the genae.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- indica. Myrmica ritae subsp. indica Weber, 1950b: 221 (w.) INDIA. Radchenko & Elmes, 1998: 11 (q.m.). Raised to species: Radchenko, 1994a: 44. See also: Elmes & Radchenko, 2009: 117; Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 152.
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) - Lectotype, w (designated by Radchenko and Elmes 1998), "Tonglu, E. Himalayas, 10,000 ft., 22.04.10 (C. W. Beebe)" (HARVARD); paralectotype: worker, with same label (HARVARD)
Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - from the Latin word indica = pertaining to India.
- Elmes, W. & Radchenko, A.G. 2009. Two New Himalayan Ant Species (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Related to Myrmica indica. Vestnik zoologii, 43: 107-119 [printed version]; 43(2): e-9–e-21 (DOI 10.2478/v10058-009-0006-x) [PDF version].
- Radchenko, A. G. 1994a. Taxonomic structure of the ant genus Myrmica (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of Eurasia. Report 1. Zool. Zh. 73(6 6: 39-51 (page 44, Raised to species)
- Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.
- Weber, N. A. 1950c. A revision of the North American ants of the genus Myrmica Latreille with a synopsis of the Palearctic species. III. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 43: 189-226 (page 221, worker described)