Myrmecia michaelseni

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Myrmecia michaelseni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. michaelseni
Binomial name
Myrmecia michaelseni
Forel, 1907

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Specimen Labels



Heterick (2009) - Myrmecia michaelseni and Myrmecia rugosa are two black Myrmecia with yellow pubescence on the gaster. Myrmecia rugosa can be distinguished by its sculptured postpetiole and canary yellow (as opposed to more orange-yellow) gastral pubescence. These two taxa are not uncommon in the Jarrah-Marri forests of the wetter south-western parts of the State.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

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.

  • michaelseni. Myrmecia michaelseni Forel, 1907h: 267 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Clark, 1943: 112 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 250 (l.). Combination in M. (Promyrmecia): Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 59; in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 111; in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, D.R. 1985: 12. Senior synonym of perthensis: Clark, 1943: 111. See also: Clark, 1951: 204.
  • perthensis. Myrmecia michaelseni var. perthensis Crawley, 1922b: 431 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of michaelseni: Clark, 1943: 111.

Type Material



  • 2n = 27 (Australia) (Hirai et al., 1996).