Myrmecia analis

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Myrmecia analis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species group: gulosa
Species: M. analis
Binomial name
Myrmecia analis
Mayr, 1862

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Specimen Labels


A south coastal species of the SWBP (Heterick 2009).


Heterick (2009) - The apex of the gaster in this red-and-black ant is a conspicuous yellow.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -28.39999962° to -35.08333°.

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.


Colonies have rarely more than 30-50 workers (Wheeler 1933 p. 43). Independent colony foundation is non-claustral.



gulosa group

Myrmecia esuriens

Myrmecia midas

Myrmecia pulchra

Myrmecia mjobergi

Myrmecia regularis

Myrmecia forficata

Myrmecia brevinoda

Myrmecia erecta

Myrmecia pyriformis

Myrmecia browningi

Myrmecia sp.

Myrmecia analis

Myrmecia minuscula

Myrmecia comata

Myrmecia rowlandi

Myrmecia flavicoma

Myrmecia tarsata

Myrmecia tridentata

Myrmecia eungellensis

Myrmecia fabricii

Myrmecia athertonensis

Myrmecia auriventris

Myrmecia borealis

Myrmecia gulosa

Myrmecia forceps

Myrmecia simillima

Myrmecia arnoldi

Myrmecia fulgida

Myrmecia pavida

Myrmecia vindex

Myrmecia fuscipes

Myrmecia (near nigriceps)

Myrmecia desertorum

Myrmecia nigriceps

Myrmecia nigriceps

Myrmecia inquilina

nigrocincta group

Myrmecia flammicollis

Myrmecia petiolata

Myrmecia nigrocincta

picta group

Myrmecia fucosa

Myrmecia picta

Myrmecia infima

Myrmecia urens

apicalis group

Myrmecia apicalis

pilosula group

Myrmecia testaceipes

Myrmecia acuta

Myrmecia chasei

Myrmecia clarki

Myrmecia dispar

Myrmecia occidentalis

Myrmecia tepperi

Myrmecia elegans

Myrmecia varians

Myrmecia banksi

Myrmecia croslandi

Myrmecia impaternata

Myrmecia haskinsorum

Myrmecia pilosula

Myrmecia pilosula

Myrmecia (near pilosula)

Based on Mera-Rodríguez et al. (2023).


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

  • analis. Myrmecia analis Mayr, 1862: 725 (in key), 728 (w.) AUSTRALIA (no state data).
    • Type-material: holotype (?) worker.
    • [Note: no indication of number of specimens is given.]
    • Type-locality: Australia (“New Holland”): (no further data).
    • Type-depository: NHMW.
    • Clark, 1927: 34 (q.).
    • Status as species: Roger, 1863b: 23; Mayr, 1863: 430; Mayr, 1876: 96; Dalla Torre, 1893: 19; Emery, 1911d: 20; Clark, 1927: 34; Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 42; Clark, 1951: 53 (redescription); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 6; Taylor, 1987a: 41; Ogata, 1991a: 358; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1637 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 270; Heterick, 2009: 120.
    • Senior synonym of atriscapa: Clark, 1927: 34; Clark, 1951: 53; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 6; Taylor, 1987a: 41; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1628; Bolton, 1995b: 270.
    • Distribution: Australia.
  • atriscapa. Myrmecia atriscapa Crawley, 1925b: 580 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Western Australia, Albany, no. 324 (J. Clark).
    • Type-depository: OXUM.
    • Junior synonym of analis: Clark, 1927: 34; Clark, 1951: 54; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 6; Taylor, 1987a: 41; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1628; Bolton, 1995b: 270.

Type Material

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


Crawley (1925) - Length 14 mm. (without mandibles); length of mandibles 3.4 mm.

Colour like a dark M. vindex, head somewhat darker; mandibles castaneous with teeth dark brown; scapes, except the extremities, dark brown; legs slightly paler than thorax; gaster deep black except the two apical segments and a wide lozenge-shaped patch on the middle of the second segment (varying in distinctness in different specimens), which are castaneous.

Legs pilose, but less so than in forficata, scapes with only a faint pubescence. There is a short pilosity on the body and a thin grey pubescence most abundant on gaster.

Head broader than long, narrowing behind the eyes more than in forficata, the occipital angles not so rounded as in regularis, but more like a small forficata. Clypeus emarginate, but not impressed in centre as in forficata. Scapes pass the occiput by one-quarter of their length. Epinotum moderately long, not sharply pointed in front. First node from above oval, narrower in front; in profile rising abruptly in front (even more so than in forficata), where it is highest, thence sloping down to the rounded posterior border. The stalk is intermediate between vindex and forficata, but nearer the former; the length of the node is 1.4 that of the stalk, while in typical examples of vindex the proportion is 1.2 and in forficata 2.6. The stalk is a little longer than in race simillima, Sm., of forficata. Second node as broad as long, more than twice as wide behind as in front, the sides of the posterior third almost parallel.

Entire head longitudinally rugose, with the space between eyes and antennal sockets reticulate. Pronotum transversely striate, the striae not clean-cut, but wavy and arched. Some specimens have one or two central longitudinal lines. Rest of thorax: and epinotum with, similar but only transverse striation. Petiole circularly rugose-striate; postpetiole and first segment of gaster entirely smooth and shining, the remaining segments microscopically reticulate.