Myrmecia chasei

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Myrmecia chasei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. chasei
Binomial name
Myrmecia chasei
Forel, 1894

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Specimen Labels



Heterick (2009) - Myrmecia chasei and Myrmecia ludlowi have the same coloration as Myrmecia elegans, but are more robust ants with hairy tibiae. The separation of the two species by Ogata and Taylor (1991) is based purely on the colour of the mandibles (yellow in chasei, dark brown in ludlowi), but specimens seen by this author are not so easily distinguished, many having intermediate light to medium brown mandibles. Both species (if indeed they are separable species) are found in the Darling Range, including the Perth area.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Queen-worker difference in body size appears to be larger in M. chasei than in other species of Myrmecia. Queens are 22-24 millimetres long, while workers are 12-15.5 millimetres long (Wheeler 1933 p. 59).

Dealate queen of Myrmecia chasei. From Harvard MCZ collection. Photograph by Roberto Keller
Worker of M. chasei. Note different scale from queen image. From Harvard MCZ collection. Photograph by Roberto Keller




The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • chasei. Myrmecia chasei Forel, 1894e: 235 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Clark, 1943: 116 (q.m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 247 (l.). Combination in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 115; in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, D.R. 1985: 7. Senior synonym of mediorubra: Clark, 1943: 115. See also: Clark, 1951: 212.
  • mediorubra. Myrmecia pilosula subsp. mediorubra Forel, 1910b: 7 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 59 (w.). Combination in M. (Promyrmecia): Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 58. Raised to species: Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 58. Junior synonym of chasei: Clark, 1943: 115.

Type Material



  • 2n = 47 (Australia) (Meyne et al., 1995; Hirai et al., 1996).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Forel A. 1894. Quelques fourmis de Madagascar (récoltées par M. le Dr. Voltzkow); de Nouvelle Zélande (récoltées par M. W. W. Smith); de Nouvelle Calédonie (récoltées par M. Sommer); de Queensland (Australie) (récoltées par M. Wiederkehr); et de Perth (Australie. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 38: 226-237.
  • Heterick B. E. 2009. A guide to the ants of south-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 76: 1-206. 
  • 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.