Myrmecia picta

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Myrmecia picta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. picta
Binomial name
Myrmecia picta
Smith, F., 1858

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Specimen Labels

Within the SWBP, this species is quite common in Wandoo woodlands, on the eastern slopes of the Darling Range.


Heterick (2009) - Myrmecia picta F. Smith, the only member of the M. picta group in the SWBP, has a characteristic bicoloured head capsule, yellow anteriorly and blackish posteriorly.

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.

  • picta. Myrmecia picta Smith, F. 1858b: 146 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA. Clark, 1927: 39 (m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 251 (l). Combination in M. (Promyrmecia): Clark, 1927: 39; in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 100; in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, D.R. 1985: 14. See also: Crawley, 1926: 382; Clark, 1951: 139; Ogata, 1991a: 360.

Type Material



  • Clark, J. 1927. The ants of Victoria. Part III. Vic. Nat. (Melb.) 44: 33-40 (page 39, male described, Combination in M. (Promyrmecia))
  • Clark, J. 1943. A revision of the genus Promyrmecia Emery (Formicidae). Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 13: 83-149 (page 100, Combination in Promyrmecia)
  • Clark, J. 1951. The Formicidae of Australia. 1. Subfamily Myrmeciinae: 230 pp. CSIRO, Melbourne. [(31.xii).1951.] PDF
  • Crawley, W. C. 1926. A revision of some old types of Formicidae. Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. 1925: 373-393 (page 382, see also)
  • Heterick, B. E. 2009. A guide to the ants of South-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 76:1-206.
  • Ogata, K. 1991a. Ants of the genus Myrmecia Fabricius: a review of the species groups and their phylogenetic relationships (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmeciinae). Syst. Entomol. 16: 353-381 (page 360, see also)
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 146, worker, queen described)
  • Taylor, R. W.; Brown, D. R. 1985. Formicoidea. Zool. Cat. Aust. 2:1- 149: 1-149, 30 (page 14, Combination in Myrmecia)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1971d. Ant larvae of the subfamily Myrmeciinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Pan-Pac. Entomol. 47: 245-256 (page 251, larva described)