Myopias maligna

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Myopias maligna
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Myopias
Species: M. maligna
Binomial name
Myopias maligna
(Smith, F., 1861)

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Specimen Labels


They are known to prey upon millipedes. Colonies contain a single queen.


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo, Indonesia (type locality), Malaysia, Malaysia, Sulawesi.

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.

  • maligna. Ponera maligna Smith, F. 1861b: 44 (w.q.) INDONESIA (Sulawesi). Combination in Trapeziopelta: Mayr, 1862: 715; in Myopias: Bolton, 1995b: 269. Current subspecies: nominal plus punctigera.

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Ponera maligna

One worker syntype and one dealate queen syntype in The Natural History Museum. Labelled “Celebes. Manado. 60/76.” Acc. Reg.: “1860 no. 76 (Sept. 13). Celebes (Manado); purchased of Stevens, collected by A.R. Wallace.”

Two specimens in Oxford University Museum of Natural History (1 worker, 1 queen), marked as types by Donisthorpe, are not type-material. The locality on their data discs is “Tond.” (= Tondano, n.e. Sulawesi); the type-locality specified by Smith is Manado.