Myrmecia aberrans

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Myrmecia aberrans
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species group: pilosula
Species: M. aberrans
Binomial name
Myrmecia aberrans
Forel, 1900

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Specimen Labels

Myrmecia aberrans is infrequently encountered and very little is known of their biology. They appear to have very small colonies, possibly with less than 20 workers. Nests are in soil with small simple, cryptic entrances with no indication other than the scattered exoskeletal remains from recent prey items.

Photo Gallery

  • Worker. Photo by Mark Newton.
  • Worker. Photo by Mark Newton.
  • Ground foraging worker, South Australia. Photo by Mark Newton.
  • Nest entrance, South Australia. Photo by Mark Newton.
  • Worker near nest entrance, South Australia. Photo by Mark Newton.


Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -31.56667° to -34°.

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.



Wheeler (1933 p. 54) remarked that winged or dealate queens have never been found, raising the possibility of brachypterous or ergatoid queens.


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

  • aberrans. Myrmecia aberrans Forel, 1900b: 54 (w.) AUSTRALIA (South Australia).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Australia: South Australia, Gawlertown (no collector’s name).
    • Type-depository: MHNG.
    • Clark, 1934a: 10 (q.m.).
    • Combination in M. (Promyrmecia): Emery, 1911d: 19;
    • combination in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 93;
    • combination in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, 1985: 6.
    • Status as species: Forel, 1904d: 168; Emery, 1911d: 19; Clark, 1927: 39; Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 50 (redescription); Clark, 1934a: 9 (redescription); Wheeler, W.M. 1937c: 42; Clark, 1943: 93 (redescription); Clark, 1951: 122 (redescription); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 6; Taylor, 1987a: 41; Ogata, 1991a: 356; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1632 (in key), 1643; Bolton, 1995b: 270.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material



  • Clark, J. 1934. Notes on Australian ants, with descriptions of new species and a new genus. Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 8: 5-20 (page 10, queen, male described)
  • Clark, J. 1943. A revision of the genus Promyrmecia Emery (Formicidae). Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 13: 83-149 (page 93, Combination in Promyrmecia)
  • Clark, J. 1951. The Formicidae of Australia. 1. Subfamily Myrmeciinae: 230 pp. CSIRO, Melbourne. [(31.xii).1951.]
  • Emery, C. 1911. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125 (page 19, Combination in M. (Promyrmecia))
  • Forel, A. 1900. Ponerinae et Dorylinae d'Australie récoltés par MM. Turner, Froggatt, Nugent, Chase, Rothney, J.-J. Walker, etc. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 44: 54-77 (page 54, worker described)
  • Ogata, K. 1991. Ants of the genus Myrmecia Fabricius: a review of the species groups and their phylogenetic relationships (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmeciinae). Syst. Entomol. 16: 353-381 (page 356, see also)
  • Ogata, K.; Taylor, R. W. 1991. Ants of the genus Myrmecia Fabricius: a preliminary review and key to the named species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmeciinae). Journal of Natural History 25: 1623-1673 (page 1643, see also)
  • Taylor, R. W.; Brown, D. R. 1985. Formicoidea. Zool. Cat. Aust. 2:1- 149: 1-149, 30 (page 6, Combination in Myrmecia)
  • Tulloch , G.S. 1932. A gynergate of Myrmecia. Psyche 39: 48-51.*Wheeler, W. M. 1933. Colony founding among ants, with an account of some primitive Australian species. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, viii + 179 pp. (page 50, see also)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1937. Mosaics and other anomalies among ants. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 95 pp. (page 42, see also)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Taylor R. W. 1987. A checklist of the ants of Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Entomology Report 41: 1-92.