Myrmecia tepperi

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Myrmecia tepperi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. tepperi
Binomial name
Myrmecia tepperi
Emery, 1898

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Specimen Labels


Photo Gallery

  • This Myrmecia tepperi worker was encountered on a cold night near Kalamunda, Perth, Western Australia. It was suprisingly alert and seemed to be taking shelter under a large piece of loose bark, which was strange given the time of night. It would be expected that most workers would have returned to their nest by now, but it may be that this species is nocturnal, or even noctidiurnal. Photo by Farhan Bokhari, 11 July 2009.
  • Myrmecia tepperi worker, Kalamunda, Perth, Western Australia. Photo by Farhan Bokhari, 11 July 2009.
  • Myrmecia tepperi worker, Kalamunda, Perth, Western Australia. Photo by Farhan Bokhari, 11 July 2009.

Identification

Heterick (2009) - Myrmecia tepperi is quite similar to Myrmecia michaelseni and Myrmecia rugosa, but can be distinguished by its reduced mandibular dentition (a characteristic of this and the Myrmecia mandibularis species-groups) and the absence of yellow pubescence from the first gastral tergite (present on the second and subsequent tergites).

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • tepperi. Myrmecia tepperi Emery, 1898b: 231, fig. 1 (q.m.) AUSTRALIA (South Australia).
    • Type-material: 1 syntype queen, 1 syntype male.
    • Type-locality: Australia: South Australia (J.G.O. Tepper).
    • Type-depository: MSNG.
    • Clark, 1943: 130 (w.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 253 (l.).
    • Combination in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 130;
    • combination in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, 1985: 17.
    • Status as species: Emery, 1911d: 21; Clark, 1943: 130 (redescription); Clark, 1951: 172 (redescription); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 17; Taylor, 1987a: 46; Ogata, 1991a: 362; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1642 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 273; Heterick, 2009: 123.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material

  • Syntype, 2 workers, Mt. Lofty Ranges, South Australia, Australia, Harvey,R., ANIC32-017885, Australian National Insect Collection.
  • Syntype, queen(s), male(s), South Australia, Australia.

Description

Karyotype

  • 2n = 70 (Australia) (Browning, 1987).

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Taylor R. W., and D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2: 1-149.