Myrmecia swalei forms very small colonies in open soil with a single, well hidden entrance.
Heterick (2009) - Myrmecia swalei strongly resembles the M. chasei complex in appearance but can easily be distinguished by its reduced mandibular teeth.
Keys including this Species
Heterick (2009) - This species is quite common in more coastal parts of the south-west (WA, SWBP), but can be found near the south coast at least as far east as Bremer Bay.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
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.
- swalei. Myrmecia harderi r. swalei Crawley, 1922b: 429 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Clark, 1943: 134 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 253 (l.). Combination in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 133; in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, D.R. 1985: 16. Raised to species: Clark, 1943: 133; Clark, 1951: 176. See also: Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1665.
- Holotype, worker, Albany, Western Australia, Australia, Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
- Clark, J. 1943. A revision of the genus Promyrmecia Emery (Formicidae). Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 13: 83-149 (page 133, Raised to species)
- Clark, J. 1951. The Formicidae of Australia. 1. Subfamily Myrmeciinae: 230 pp. CSIRO, Melbourne. [(31.xii).1951.] PDF
- Crawley, W. C. 1922a. New ants from Australia. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 9(9): 427-448 PDF
- 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.; Taylor, R. W. 1991. Ants of the genus Myrmecia Fabricius: a preliminary review and key to the named species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmeciinae). J. Nat. Hist. 2 25: 1623-1673 (page 1665, see also)
- Taylor, R. W.; Brown, D. R. 1985. Formicoidea. Zool. Cat. Aust. 2:1- 149: 1-149, 30 (page 16, Combination in Myrmecia)
- Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1971d. Ant larvae of the subfamily Myrmeciinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Pan-Pac. Entomol. 47: 245-256 (page 253, larva described)