Myrmecia nigrocincta

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Myrmecia nigrocincta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. nigrocincta
Binomial name
Myrmecia nigrocincta
Smith, F., 1858

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Specimen Labels

At a Glance • Brachypterous Queen  



Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -15.83333° to -38.21667099°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (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.


Elevation Range

Occurrence at collecting sites during elevational surveys of rainforest in the Eungella region, Queensland, Australia (Burwell et al., 2020).
Species Elevation (m asl)
200 400 600 800 1000 1200
Myrmecia nigrocincta 20-30 30-40 30-40
Shading indicates the bands of elevation where species was recorded.
Numbers are the percentage of total samples containing this species.


A colony excavated in 2007 near Raleigh NSW yielded one queen, 570 workers, 75 cocoons as well as larvae and eggs (C. Peeters unpublished data).


Queen is brachypterous, i.e. short, non-functional wings are present at adult emergence (Wheeler 1933 p. 49). This implies that she mates close to her natal colony, and dispersal distance is limited

Myrmecia nigrocincta queen and workers from a colony excavated near Coff's Harbour, NSW. Photo by Christian Peeters.


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

  • nigrocincta. Myrmecia nigrocincta Smith, F. 1858b: 147 (w.) AUSTRALIA (no state data).
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Australia: (no further data), “56/43”.
    • Type-depository: BMNH.
    • Roger, 1861a: 36 (q.); Mayr, 1876: 95 (m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 251 (l.); Imai, Crozier & Taylor, 1977: 345 (k.).
    • Status as species: Roger, 1861a: 35; Mayr, 1862: 724 (in key); Roger, 1863b: 23; Mayr, 1863: 430; Mayr, 1865: 84; Lowne, 1865b: 336; Mayr, 1876: 95; Dalla Torre, 1893: 21; Forel, 1910b: 8; Emery, 1911d: 20; Forel, 1915b: 5; Viehmeyer, 1924a: 222; Crawley, 1926: 381 (redescription); Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 48; Clark, 1951: 113 (redescription); Kugler, C. 1980b: 265; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 13; Taylor, 1987a: 44; Ogata, 1991a: 359; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1639 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 272; Liu, S., Richter, et al. 2019: 1 (anatomy).
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Forel A. 1915. Results of Dr. E. Mjöbergs Swedish Scientific Expeditions to Australia 1910-13. 2. Ameisen. Ark. Zool. 9(16): 1-119
  • Imai H. T., R. H. Crozier, and R. W. Taylor. 1977. Karyotype evolution in Australian ants. Chromosoma 59: 341-393.
  • Osunkoya O. O., C. Polo, and A. N. Andersen. 2011. Invasion impacts on biodiversity: response of ant communities to infestation by cat's claw creeper vine, Macfadyena unguis-cati (Bignoniaceae) in subtropical Australia. Biol. Invasions 13: 2289-2302.
  • Taylor R. W., and D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2: 1-149.