Myrmecia fulvipes

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Myrmecia fulvipes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. fulvipes
Binomial name
Myrmecia fulvipes
Roger, 1861

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Specimen Labels

Synonyms

Photo Gallery

  • Myrmecia fulvipes worker with mites near base of mandible. The mites are currently hypopus stage, a phoretic stage where the mites don’t feed on their host, but simply use it as a means of dispersal. Photo by Jordan Dean.

Identification

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Nomenclature

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

  • fulvipes. Myrmecia fulvipes Roger, 1861a: 36 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Clark, 1943: 145 (q.m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 249 (l.); Imai, Crozier & Taylor, 1977: 345 (k.). Combination in M. (Pristomyrmecia): Emery, 1911d: 21; in M. (Promyrmecia): Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 69; in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 145; in Myrmecia: Brown, 1953j: 21. Senior synonym of femorata (and its junior synonym barbata): Brown, 1953j: 21. See also: Clark, 1951: 165.
  • femorata. Myrmecia (Pristomyrmecia) piliventris var. femorata Santschi, 1928e: 466 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 252 (l.). Combination in M. (Promyrmecia): Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 70; in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 142. Senior synonym of barbata: Clark, 1951: 158. Junior synonym of fulvipes: Brown, 1953j: 21.
  • barbata. Myrmecia (Promyrmecia) fulvipes subsp. barbata Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 71 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of femorata: Clark, 1951: 158.

Type Material

  • Myrmecia fulvipes: Holotype, worker, Australia, Australia, Musee National d'Histoire Naturelle.
  • Myrmecia (Pristomyrmecia) piliventris femorata: Syntype, worker(s), Frankston (as Franktown), Victoria, Australia, The Natural History Museum.
  • Myrmecia (Promyrmecia) fulvipes barbata: Syntype, worker(s), queen(s), Dorrigo, New South Wales; Belgrave (as Belgrade), Victoria, Australia.

Description

Karyotype

  • 2n = 50 (Australia) (Hirai et al., 1996).
  • n = 30, 2n = 60 (Australia) (Imai et al., 1977).
  • 2n = 48 (Australia) (Meyne et al., 1995; Hirai et al., 1996).

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Andersen A. N., T. D. Penman, N. Debas, and M. Houadria. 2009. Ant community responses to experimental fire and logging in a Eucalypt forest of south-eastern Australia. Forest Ecology and Management 258: 188-197.
  • Brown W. L., Jr. 1953. Revisionary notes on the ant genus Myrmecia of Australia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 111: 1-35.
  • CSIRO Collection
  • Clay R. E., and K. E. Schneider. 2000. The ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) fauna of coastal heath in south-west Victoria: effects of dominance by Acacia sophorae and management actions to control it. Pacific Conservation Biology 6: 144-151.
  • Forel A. 1913. Fourmis de Tasmanie et d'Australie récoltées par MM. Lae, Froggatt etc. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 49: 173-195
  • 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.