Myrmicaria fodiens

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Myrmicaria fodiens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Myrmicaria
Species: M. fodiens
Binomial name
Myrmicaria fodiens
(Jerdon, 1851)

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality), Sri Lanka.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




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

  • fodiens. Myrmica fodicus Jerdon, 1851: 115 (w.q.) INDIA. [Justified emendation of spelling to fodiens: Jerdon, 1854a: 55.] Combination in Myrmicaria: Emery, 1892b: 166. Junior synonym of carinata: Emery, 1892b: 166. Junior synonym of brunnea: Forel, 1903a: 708; Bingham, 1903: 118; Emery, 1922e: 122. Subspecies of brunnea: Santschi, 1925c: 176; Karavaiev, 1935a: 84 (in key). Status as species: Mayr, 1863: 432; Dalla Torre, 1893: 155; Emery, 1893e: 219; Emery, 1900d: 691; Stitz, 1925: 118; Bolton, 1995b: 285. Senior synonym of crinita: Emery, 1893e: 219.
  • crinita. Physatta crinita Smith, F. 1858b: 171 (q.) INDIA. Junior synonym of fodica: Emery, 1893e: 219.



Jerdon (1851): length 4-12th of an inch; head rounded, triangular striated; eyes large, posterior; jaws somewhat linear, four toothed; thorax raised in front, depressed posteriorly with two small spines on each side in front, and two tubercles above these, and two large nearly horizontal spines at the posterior extremity of thorax; first abdominal pedicle long, narrow, raised behind, second raised, rounded; abdomen somewhat triangular; head, thorax, legs and abdominal pedicles maroon colour, abdomen shining brown.


Jerdon (1851): Head rather smaller proportionally, finely striated; eyes larger, three ocelli; jaws blunt without teeth; antennae scarcely longer than the head; thoracic spines less developed; abdomen larger.


  • Bingham, C. T. 1903. The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Hymenoptera, Vol. II. Ants and Cuckoo-wasps. London: Taylor and Francis, 506 pp. (page 118, Junior synonym of brunnea)
  • Emery, C. 1892c [1891]. Note sinonimiche sulle formiche. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 23: 159-167 (page 166, Combination in Myrmicaria, and spelling emended to fodiens (maintained as such by subsequent authors); unjustified emendation)
  • Emery, C. 1892c [1891]. Note sinonimiche sulle formiche. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 23: 159-167 (page 166, Junior synonym of carinata)
  • Emery, C. 1893g. Formicides de l'Archipel Malais. Rev. Suisse Zool. 1: 187-229 (page 219, Revived from synonymy, and senior synonym of crinita)
  • Forel, A. 1903a. Les Formicides de l'Empire des Indes et de Ceylan. Part X. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 14: 679-715 (page 708, Junior synonym of brunnea)
  • Jerdon, T. C. 1851. A catalogue of the species of ants found in Southern India. Madras J. Lit. Sci. 17: 103-127 (page 115, worker, queen described)
  • Santschi, F. 1925c [1924]. Révision des Myrmicaria d'Afrique. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 64: 133-176 (page 176, Revived from synonymy as variety of brunnea)
  • Stitz, H. 1925c. Ameisen von den Philippinen, den malayischen und ozeanischen Inseln. Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berl. 1923: 110-136 (page 118, Revived status as species)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Emery C. 1893. Formicides de l'Archipel Malais. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 1: 187-229.
  • Emery C. 1893. Voyage de M. E. Simon à l'île de Ceylan (janvier-février 1892). Formicides. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 62: 239-258.
  • Emery C. 1901. Ameisen gesammelt in Ceylon von Dr. W. Horn 1899. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 1901: 113-122.
  • Emery C. Formiche raccolte da Elio Modigliani in Sumatra, Engano e Mentawei. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale 40: 661-722.
  • Emery, C. "Formiche raccolte da Elio Modigliani in Sumatra, Engano e Mentawei." Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria (Genova) (2) 20, no. 40 (1900): 661-722.