Myrmecia forceps

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Myrmecia forceps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. forceps
Binomial name
Myrmecia forceps
Roger, 1861

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Specimen Labels


Myrmecia forceps has been collected rarely in WA, mainly from the wheatbelt. (Heterick 2009)


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

  • forceps. Myrmecia forceps Roger, 1861a: 34 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Clark, 1951: 25 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 248 (l.). Senior synonym of obscuriceps: Clark, 1951: 24; of singularis: Brown, 1953j: 7.
  • obscuriceps. Myrmecia forceps var. obscuriceps Viehmeyer, 1924a: 222 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of forceps: Clark, 1951: 24.
  • singularis. Myrmecia singularis Clark, 1951: 26, fig. 5 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of forceps: Brown, 1953j: 7.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Brown W. L., Jr. 1953. Revisionary notes on the ant genus Myrmecia of Australia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 111: 1-35.
  • 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.
  • Viehmeyer H. 1924. Formiciden der australischen Faunenregion. Entomologische Mitteilungen. Berlin-Dahlem 13: 219-229.