Myrmicaria natalensis

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Myrmicaria natalensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Myrmicaria
Species: M. natalensis
Binomial name
Myrmicaria natalensis
(Smith, F., 1858)

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Specimen Labels


A wide ranging Afrotropical species that is known in southern Africa as the Natal droptail ant.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Guinea, Ivory Coast, Namibia, South Africa (type locality), Uganda.

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.

  • natalensis. Physatta natalensis Smith, F. 1858b: 172 (q.) SOUTH AFRICA. Santschi, 1925c: 143 (q.m.). Combination in Myrmicaria: Mayr, 1866b: 905. Junior synonym of eumenoides: Mayr, 1866b: 905 (note that natalensis has priority). Revived from synonymy and senior synonym of sulcatus: Emery, 1922e: 123. Current subspecies: nominal plus eumenoides, navicula, nigriventris, obscuriceps, taeniata, verticalis. [M. natalensis referred by error to Myrmica by Santschi, 1925c: 143.]
  • sulcatus. Heptacondylus sulcatus Mayr, 1862: 756 (w.) SOUTH AFRICA (not Cuba as stated; see Mayr, 1893: 195). Junior synonym of eumenoides: Dalla Torre, 1893: 155; of natalensis: Emery, 1922e: 123.



  • Emery, C. 1922c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174B: 95-206 (page 123, Revived from synonymy, and senior synonym of sulcatus)
  • Mayr, G. 1866b. Diagnosen neuer und wenig gekannter Formiciden. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 16: 885-908 (page 905, Combination in Myrmicaria)
  • Mayr, G. 1866b. Diagnosen neuer und wenig gekannter Formiciden. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 16: 885-908 (page 905, Junior synonym of eumenoides)
  • Santschi, F. 1925c [1924]. Révision des Myrmicaria d'Afrique. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 64: 133-176 (page 143, queen, male described)
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 172, queen described)