Myrmicaria transversa

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Myrmicaria transversa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Myrmicaria
Species: M. transversa
Binomial name
Myrmicaria transversa
Zettel, Laciny, Balàka & General, 2018

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Only known from the type locality in Sorsogon Province.


Zettel et al. (2018) - Clypeus with pronounced median carina. Scape long, SI = 104-110. Sides of mesonotum angularly elevated; posterior surface with reduced sculpture; posterior margin convex. Rugae on metapleura and sides of propodeum reduced. Propodeal spines moderately long, directed caudally, continuing dorsal outline of propodeum. Propodeum deeply furrowed between bases of spines. Peduncle of petiole moderately long. Base of gaster tergite 1 without striation. Gaster usually completely infuscated.

Myrmicaria transversa differs from most Philippine species (described and undescribed) by the transverse carina on the dorsal surface of the propodeum. In Myrmicaria aphidicola and Myrmicaria buenaventei, such a carina or short fractions of it are occasionally present, but M. aphidicola differs by the basal striation of the gaster and M. buenaventei has a very differently sculptured pronotum, prominent pronotal teeth, and short scapes. The reduced sculpture of the mesonotum, metapleura, sides of propodeum, and base of gaster place M. transversa in close relationship to a hitherto undescribed species from Luzon and Catanduanes. That species, however, is more gracile and possesses slightly upcurved propodeal spines and a relatively long petiolar peduncle.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Philippines (type locality).

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.




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

  • transversa. Myrmicaria transversa Zettel, Laciny, Balàka & General, 2018: 618, figs. 13-16, 20 (w.) PHILIPPINES (Luzon Island).

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



Holotype: HW 1.34; HL 1.29; SL 1.46; SW 0.15; TL 5.87; Pmin 0.14; PW 0.36; PPW 0.39; SpD 0.37; PrL 0.87; FeL 2.02; ML 1.73; PnW 0.85; CI 103; SI 109; FeI 151. Paratypes: min-max (n=6): HW 1.25-1.46; HL 1.20-1.43; SL 1.37-1.54; SW 0.14-0.16; TL 5.51-6.20; Pmin 0.13-0.17; PW 0.33-0.40; PPW 0.36-0.44; SpD 0.29-0.36; PrL 0.78-0.90; FeL 1.86-2.12; ML 1.63-1.89; PnW 0.78-0.95; CI 102-105; SI 104-110; FeI 143-153.

Structures: Head roundish, hardly wider than long; medioposteriorly with strong piliferous punctures; dorsal and lateral areas with longitudinal rugae. Clypeus with pronounced complete median carina and few longitudinal rugae. Mandible with sharp longitudinal rugae; apical margin with four teeth. Mesosoma with a median carina starting from anterior third of pronotum, reaching posterior fourth of mesonotum. Pronotum with transverse rugae in anterior third, and longitudinal rugae in posterior two thirds; anteroventral teeth short, hardly protruding at sides. Mesonotum, in addition to median carina, with a strongly developed transverse carina at mid-length; anteriorly with an additional transverse carina, sometimes rather reticulated, posteriorly with or without additional longitudinal rugae; sides strongly elevated. Metanotal groove narrow and deep; in dorsolateral view, lateral margin forming an acute angle. Pro- and mesopleura with longitudinal rugae, metapleura and sides of propodeum almost smooth. Dorsum of propodeum with reduced sculpture, except for a distinct transverse carina anteriorly; area between bases of spines deeply impressed. Propodeal spines moderately long and straight, directed caudally, slightly diverging, at base continuing dorsal outline of propodeum. Nodes of petiole and postpetiole rounded; peduncle of petiole moderately long. Gaster with piliferous punctures; base of gaster tergite 1 without striation.

Setae abundant on trunk and appendages. Dorsal setiferation composed of two types of setae, short setae about half as long as long ones. On dorsum of head, petiole and postpetiole all setae suberect. On gaster, long setae suberect, short setae subdecumbent anteriorly, suberect posteriorly.

Colour: Head medium brown, dorsally infuscated in some specimens. Mesosoma and nodes of petiole and postpetiole light brown; peduncle of petiole contrasting yellow. Gaster dark brown, almost black. Antenna yellow. Legs very light brown. All setae whitish.

Type Material

Holotype (worker) (National Museum of Natural History) from Luzon Island, Sorsogon Province, San Roque, Palok Tok Falls, 26 February. Paratypes: 6 workers (Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Herbert and S.V. Zettel) from the same locality.


Named after the characteristic transverse keel on the propodeum.