Strumigenys murphyi

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Strumigenys murphyi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Strumigenys
Species: S. murphyi
Binomial name
Strumigenys murphyi
(Taylor, 1968)

This distinctive species is known only from the type material. It was collected from the litter in a wet bamboo habitat.


Bolton (2000) - A member of the Strumigenys murphyi-group. The largest member of the group yet described (HW 0.45-0.53), it is most closely related to Strumigenys dyschima. These two Malesian species retain small eyes and have orbicular hairs present on the head, whereas the Nepalese Strumigenys hemisobek lacks both these features. The characters noted in the key and tabulated under dyschima will quickly separate murphyi from that species.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Malaysia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • murphyi. Epitritus murphyi Taylor, 1968d: 130, figs. 1, 2 (w.) WEST MALAYSIA. Combination in Pyramica: Bolton, 1999: 1672; in Strumigenys: Baroni Urbani & De Andrade, 2007: 124. See also: Bolton, 2000: 453.

Type Material

Bolton (2000) - Holotype worker, MALAYSIA: Kelantan, Rantau Panjang, 9.xi.1963, berlesate no. 126, wet bamboo litter and “main plains” soil (D. H. Murphy); paratype worker, MALAYSIA: Selangor, Gombak, nr University of Malaya Field Station, 9th mile, 9.ii.1967, berlesate no. 322, thin forest litter on steep slope with underlying granular soil (D. H. Murphy) (Australian National Insect Collection) [examined].



  • Baroni Urbani, C. & De Andrade, M.L. 2007. The ant tribe Dacetini: limits and constituent genera, with descriptions of new species. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale “G. Doria” 99: 1-191.
  • Bolton, B. 1999. Ant genera of the tribe Dacetonini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Nat. Hist. 3 33: 1639-1689 (page 1672, combination in Pyramica)
  • Bolton, B. 2000. The ant tribe Dacetini. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute. 65:1-1028. (page 453, redescription of worker)
  • Taylor, R. W. 1968e. A new Malayan species of the ant genus Epitritus, and a related new genus from Singapore (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Aust. Entomol. Soc. 7: 130-134 (page 130, figs. 1, 2 worker described)