Myrmica displicentia

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Myrmica displicentia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. displicentia
Binomial name
Myrmica displicentia
Bolton, 1995

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Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - M. displicentia prefers well insolated and warm habitats such as roadsides, open slopes, glades, forest clearing, etc. where it builds nests in the soil, often under stones (see Kupyanskaya 1986b, 1990; Berman et al. 2010). Colonies examined comprise a few hundreds to 1500 workers with a maximum of 3 queens. Everywhere it is quite a rare species. Gynes and males were observed in June-August.


Radchenko and Elmes (2010) – A member of the kasczenkoi complex of the lobicornis species group that is characterized by the strongly curved (not angled) bend at the base of the scape that has no vertical lobe or dent. By this feature it is similar to some other species form this group (e.g. Myrmica sulcinodis, Myrmica ademonia or Myrmica kasczenkoi), but differs from them by its distinctly bicoloured body, with the yellowish-red alitrunk, contrasting with much darker head and gaster; additionally, M. displicentia well differs from M. sulcinodis by its much less coarse sculpture and by the shape of its petiole.

Keys including this Species


Kamchatka Peninsula and Magadan Provo of Russia.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Russian Federation (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.

  • bicolor. Myrmica bicolor Kupyanskaya, 1986b: 94, figs. 1-5 (w.q.m.) RUSSIA. [Junior primary homonym of †bicolor Heer, above.] Replacement name: displicentia Bolton, 1995b: 278. See also: Kupyanskaya, 1990: 106.
  • displicentia. Myrmica displicentia Bolton, 1995b: 278. Replacement name for bicolor Kupyanskaya, 1986b: 94. [Junior primary homonym of †bicolor Heer, 1867: 31.] See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 119.

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



Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - the Latin word displicentia means dissatisfaction or discontent. We are not sure whether B. Bolton intended this or whether he made-up a word from the English di (two) and spliced (joined together) to represent the bicoloured body.


  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 278, Replacement name)
  • Heer, O. 1867. Fossile Hymenopteren aus Oeningen und Radoboj. Neue Denkschr. Allg. Schweiz. Ges. Gesammten Naturwiss. 22(4 4: 1-42 (page 31, Junior primary homonym of bicolor)
  • Kupyanskaya, A. N. 1986b. Ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from the northern part of the Far East. Pp. 91-102 in: Ler, P. A. (ed.) Systematics and ecology of insects from the Far East. Vladivostok: Akademiya Nauk SSSR, 155 pp. (page 94, Replacement name for bicolor)
  • Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.