Myrmecia swalei

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Myrmecia swalei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. swalei
Binomial name
Myrmecia swalei
Crawley, 1922

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Specimen Labels

Myrmecia swalei forms very small colonies in open soil with a single, well hidden entrance.

Photo Gallery

  • Worker at nest entrance. Colonies are small with a well hidden single entrance hole. South Australia. Photo by Mark Newton.
  • Worker at nest entrance, South Australia. Photo by Mark Newton.
  • Worker at nest entrance, South Australia. Photo by Mark Newton.


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

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.

  • 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.

Type Material