Myrmica mirabilis

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Myrmica mirabilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. mirabilis
Binomial name
Myrmica mirabilis
Elmes & Radchenko, 1998

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Specimen Label

The type collection was made from a nest found in decaying wood on a forest margin.

Identification

A member of the luteola group. Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - M. mirabilis is a most unusual Myrmica species because superficially, by general shape it resembles many Pogonomyrmex species. Furthermore, it is a very large and robust Myrmica species (HW 1.62-1.83, AL 2.56-2.92 mm), second in size only to Myrmica titanica, which appears smaller because it is much more slender than M. mirabilis.

The most similar species is Myrmica luteola and even though M. mirabilis has no “socially-parasitic” features (e.g. its tibial spurs are not reduced, its petiole and postpetiole lack ventral process, etc.) we provisionally place M. mirabilis to the luteola species group.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Known only from the type locality.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Taiwan (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 New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • mirabilis. Myrmica mirabile Elmes & Radchenko, 1998: 218, figs. 1-5 (w.) TAIWAN. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 201.

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

Description

Etymology

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - from the Latin mirabilis = strange, wonderful or extraordinary, to emphasise its unusual features for a Myrmica species.

References

  • Elmes, G. W.; Radchenko, A. G. 1998. Ants of the genus Myrmica from Taiwan (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Chin. J. Entomol. 18: 217-224 (page 218, figs. 1-5 worker described)
  • Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.