Myopias tasmaniensis

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Myopias tasmaniensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Myopias
Species: M. tasmaniensis
Binomial name
Myopias tasmaniensis
Wheeler, W.M., 1923

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Specimen labels



Keys including this Species


Heterick (2009) - Myopias tasmaniensis has been collected just twice from near Manjimup, in the extreme south-west of the SWBP, WA. This species is otherwise known from Eastern Australia (Queensland to Tasmania).

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -28.05° to -41.8°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Willey and Brown (1983) - Two collections made by Father Bede Lowery extend the range far to the north in eastern Australia; Minnamurra Falls, near Kiama, New South Wales, nest in soil of very moist forest, behind rock slab set in a vertical bank, 22 Dec. 1959; Cunningham's Gap, southeastern Queensland, at about 600 m in rain forest,. 22 Jan. 1961.



The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • tasmaniensis. Myopias tasmaniensis Wheeler, W.M. 1923e: 177, fig. 1 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Tasmania).
    • Type-material: 2 syntype workers.
    • Type-locality: Australia: Tasmania, Hobart (A.M. Lea).
    • Type-depository: MCZC.
    • Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1964b: 454 (l.).
    • Combination in Trapeziopelta: Brown, 1953i: 51.
    • Status as species: Willey & Brown, 1983: 270; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 35; Taylor, 1987a: 41; Bolton, 1995b: 270; Probst, Guénard & Boudinot, 2015: 206 (in key).
    • Senior synonym of diadela: Brown, 1953i: 51; Willey & Brown, 1983: 270; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 35; Taylor, 1987a: 41; Bolton, 1995b: 269.
    • Distribution: Australia.
  • diadela. Trapeziopelta diadela Clark, 1934c: 54, pl. 4, figs. 7, 8 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA (Victoria).
    • Type-material: syntype workers, syntype queens (numbers not stated, “two small nests”).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Victoria, Otway Ranges, Turton’s Track, nr Mt Sabine, i.1932, beech forest (J. Clark).
    • Type-depository: MVMA.
    • Junior synonym of tasmaniensis: Brown, 1953i: 51; Willey & Brown, 1983: 270; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 35; Taylor, 1987a: 41; Bolton, 1995b: 269.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • CSIRO Collection
  • Clark J. 1934. Ants from the Otway Ranges. Memoirs of the National Museum of Victoria 8: 48-73.
  • Lowery B. B., and R. J. Taylor. 1994. Occurrence of ant species in a range of sclerophyll forest communities at Old Chum Dam, north-eastern Tasmania. Australian Entomologist 21: 11-14.
  • Taylor R. W. 1987. A checklist of the ants of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Entomology Report 41: 1-92.
  • Taylor R. W., and D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2: 1-149. 
  • Wheeler W. M. 1923. Ants of the genera Myopias and Acanthoponera. Psyche (Cambridge) 30: 175-192.
  • Willey R. B.; W. L., Jr Brown. 1983. New species of the ant genus Myopias (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Ponerinae). Psyche (Cambridge) 90: 249-285.