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 group: gulosa
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.




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.

  • 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