Myrmecia erecta

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Myrmecia erecta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. erecta
Binomial name
Myrmecia erecta
Ogata & Taylor, 1991

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Specimen Labels


Keys including this Species


Heterick (2009) - The usual range of the hirsute Myrmecia erecta, according to its authors (Ogata and Taylor 1991), has a distribution ranging from south-eastern WA through to the southern gulfs of SA. However, the Curtin Ant Collection has a specimen, apparently of that species, that was collected at Karragullen, near Perth.

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -31.35° to -35.28333333°.

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.





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

  • erecta. Myrmecia erecta Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1655, figs. 41-43 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA (South Australia, Western Australia).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 36 paratype workers, 1 paratype queen.
    • Type-locality: Australia: South Australia, Stenhouse Bay (35°17’S, 136°57’E), 14.x.1972 (B.B. Lowery); paratypes: 14 workers with same data, 8 workers South Australia, 41 km. W by S Nullarbor (31/131), 24.x.1977, nos 77.651, 652 (R.W. Taylor), 4 workers South Australia, Lake Gilles CP (33/136), 15.xii.1981, M177 (G.P. Browning), 2 workers South Australia, Marble Hill (34/138), 26.ii.1979, M1 (G.P. Browning), 1 queen South Australia, Lake Booney, Pelican Point, (34/140), 2.iv.1981, M265 (G.P. Browning), 1 worker South Australia, Cambrai (34/139), 16.x.1972 (P.J.M. Greenslade), 2 workers same data but 17.iii.1972 (P.J.M. Greenslade), 5 workers Western Australia, 10-25 km. N Junana Rock on Balladonia Road (33/123), 26.x.1977, nos 77.672, 77.673 (R.W. Taylor).
    • Type-depositories: ANIC (holotype); ANIC, BMNH, MCZC, MHNG, SAMA, WAMP (paratypes).
    • Status as species: Bolton, 1995b: 271; Heterick, 2009: 120.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Ogata K. and 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