Myrmecia fulgida

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Myrmecia fulgida
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. fulgida
Binomial name
Myrmecia fulgida
Clark, 1951

Curtin University staff and students at Carrabin Nature reserve inspected an active nest of this huge species, near where a specimen was also collected in a pitfall trap (Heterick 2009).


Heterick (2009) - Distinguished by the long, erect setae on the side of the head capsule.

Keys including this Species


Heterick (2009) - Myrmecia fulgida has been recorded from the western goldfields of WA.

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -28.76666667° to -34.7°.

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.

  • fulgida. Myrmecia fulgida Clark, 1951: 73, fig. 52 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, paratype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: holotype Australia: Western Australia, Parker’s Range, xi.1947 (T. Greaves); paratypes with same data.
    • Type-depository: ANIC.
    • Status as species: Taylor & Brown, 1985: 10; Taylor, 1987a: 43; Ogata, 1991a: 358; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1637 (in key), 1657; Bolton, 1995b: 271; Heterick, 2009: 121.
    • Senior synonym of suttoni: Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1657; Bolton, 1995b: 271.
    • Distribution: Australia.
  • suttoni. Myrmecia suttoni Clark, 1951: 72, figs. 50, 51 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA (Queensland).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, paratype workers, paratype queens (numbers not stated).
    • Type-locality: holotype Australia: Queensland, Fletcher (E. Sutton); paratypes with same data.
    • Type-depository: ANIC.
    • Status as species: Taylor & Brown, 1985: 16; Taylor, 1987a: 46; Ogata, 1991a: 358.
    • Junior synonym of fulgida: Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1657; Bolton, 1995b: 273.

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
  • 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.