Myrmica brancuccii

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Myrmica brancuccii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. brancuccii
Binomial name
Myrmica brancuccii
Radchenko, Elmes & Collingwood, 1999

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Specimen Label

Little is known about the biology of Myrmica brancuccii. One sample was collected at an altitude 2400 m. (Radchenko, Elmes & Collingwood, 1999; Bharti et al., 2016).


Well discriminated from almost all Old World Myrmica by its striato-punctated first gastral tergite, sharing this unusual feature only with Myrmica sculptiventris from SW China, but the latter species clearly differs from M. brancuccii by the transversal rugosity on the mesonotal and propodeal dorsum. Workers are very variable in size, so that this could be a relatively polymorphic species in comparison with other Myrmica species. We can not place this species with certainty into any species group. (Radchenko and Elmes 2010)

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India, Nepal (type locality), Pakistan.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Known only from the worker caste.


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

  • brancuccii. Myrmica brancuccii Radchenko, Elmes & Collingwood, in Radchenko & Elmes, 1999a: 30, fig. 1 (1-5) (w.) NEPAL. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 106.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Type Material

Holotype, w, "Nepal, Utrot, l3.v.83, leg. M. Brancucci" (LONDON); paratypes: 5 w, with the same label as holotype; 14 w, "Nepal, Lawarai, 21.05.83, lcg. M. Brancucci"; 1 w, "Nepal, Lumle, vi.88, leg. Collingwood"; 9 w, "Pakistan, Chitral V., bctween Dir and Lavari Pass, 2400 m, 1l.viii.1994, leg. S. Dacatra" (LONDON, BASLE, LEEDS, MILAN, KIEV, ELMES).


Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - this species was dedicated to the well-known coleopterologist, Prof. Michael Brancucci, of the Natural History Museum Basle, who collected the type material.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bharti H. 2011. List of Indian ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Halteres 3: 79-87.
  • Bharti H., S. Sasi, and A. Radchenko. 2016. Biogeography and ecology of Myrmica species (Formicidae: Myrmicinae) in Himalayan regions. Sociobiology 63(3): 956-975.
  • Radchenko A. G., and G. W. Elmes. 1999. Ten new species of Myrmica (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from the Himalaya. Vestnik Zoologii 33(3): 27-46.
  • Radchenko A. G., and G. W. Elmes. 2001. A taxonomic revision of the ant genus Myrmica Latreille, 1804 from the Himalaya (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Entomologica Basiliensia 23: 237-276.
  • Radchenko A. G., and G. W. Elmes. 2010. Myrmica ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3. Warsaw: Natura Optima Dux Foundation, 790 pp.
  • Radchenko, A. G., and G. W. Elmes. "A taxonomic revision of the ant genus Myrmica Latreille, 1804 from the Himalaya (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)." Entomologica Basiliensia 23 (2001): 237-276.
  • Rasheed M. T., I. Bodlah, A. G. Fareen, A. A. Wachkoo, X. Huang, and S. A. Akbar. 2019. A checklist of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Pakistan. Sociobiology 66(3): 426-439.