Myrmecia fulvipes

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

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Specimen Labels


Photo Gallery

  • Myrmecia fulvipes worker with mites near base of mandible. The mites are currently hypopus stage, a phoretic stage where the mites don’t feed on their host, but simply use it as a means of dispersal. Photo by Jordan Dean.


Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -27.88333333° to -43.31666946°.

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.




Images from AntWeb

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Syntype of Myrmecia fulvipesWorker. Specimen code casent0915407. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MNHN, Paris, France.


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

  • fulvipes. Myrmecia fulvipes Roger, 1861a: 36 (w.) AUSTRALIA (no state data).
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Australia: (no further data).
    • Type-depository: MNHN.
    • Clark, 1943: 145 (q.m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 249 (l.); Imai, Crozier & Taylor, 1977: 345 (k.).
    • Combination in M. (Pristomyrmecia): Emery, 1911d: 21;
    • combination in M. (Promyrmecia): Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 69;
    • combination in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 145;
    • combination in Myrmecia: Brown, 1953j: 21.
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1862: 726 (in key); Roger, 1863b: 23; Mayr, 1863: 430; Mayr, 1876: 93 (in text); Dalla Torre, 1893: 20; Emery, 1911d: 21; Forel, 1913g: 173; Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 69; Clark, 1934c: 52; Clark, 1943: 145 (redescription); Clark, 1951: 165 (redescription); Brown, 1953j: 21; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 10; Taylor, 1987a: 43; Ogata, 1991a: 359; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1638 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 271.
    • Senior synonym of barbata: Brown, 1953j: 21; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 10; Taylor, 1987a: 43; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1630; Bolton, 1995b: 271.
    • Senior synonym of femorata: Brown, 1953j: 21; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 10; Taylor, 1987a: 43; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1630; Bolton, 1995b: 271.
    • Distribution: Australia.
  • barbata. Myrmecia (Promyrmecia) fulvipes subsp. barbata Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 71 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA (Victoria).
    • Type-material: 11 syntype workers, 1 syntype queen.
    • Type-localities: Australia: New South Wales, Dorrigo (W. Heron), Victoria, Belgrade (= Belgrave) (no collector’s name).
    • Type-depository: MCZC.
    • Subspecies of fulvipes: Clark, 1943: 146.
    • Junior synonym of femorata: Clark, 1951: 158.
    • Junior synonym of fulvipes: Brown, 1953j: 21; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 10; Taylor, 1987a: 43; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1630; Bolton, 1995b: 271.
  • femorata. Myrmecia (Pristomyrmecia) piliventris var. femorata Santschi, 1928e: 466 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Victoria).
    • Type-material: 4 syntype workers.
    • Type-locality: Australia: Victoria, Franktown (C. Barrett).
    • Type-depository: NHMB.
    • Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 252 (l.).
    • Combination in M. (Promyrmecia): Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 70;
    • combination in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 142.
    • Subspecies of fulvipes: Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 70.
    • Subspecies of piliventris: Clark, 1943: 142 (redescription); Clark, 1951: 158 (redescription).
    • Junior synonym of fulvipes: Brown, 1953j: 21; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 10; Taylor, 1987a: 43; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1630; Bolton, 1995b: 271.

Type Material

  • Myrmecia fulvipes: Holotype, worker, Australia, Australia, Musee National d'Histoire Naturelle.
  • Myrmecia (Pristomyrmecia) piliventris femorata: Syntype, worker(s), Frankston (as Franktown), Victoria, Australia, The Natural History Museum.
  • Myrmecia (Promyrmecia) fulvipes barbata: Syntype, worker(s), queen(s), Dorrigo, New South Wales; Belgrave (as Belgrade), Victoria, Australia.



  • 2n = 50 (Australia) (Hirai et al., 1996).
  • n = 30, 2n = 60 (Australia) (Imai et al., 1977).
  • 2n = 48 (Australia) (Meyne et al., 1995; Hirai et al., 1996).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Andersen A. N., T. D. Penman, N. Debas, and M. Houadria. 2009. Ant community responses to experimental fire and logging in a Eucalypt forest of south-eastern Australia. Forest Ecology and Management 258: 188-197.
  • Brown W. L., Jr. 1953. Revisionary notes on the ant genus Myrmecia of Australia. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology
111: 1-35.
  • CSIRO Collection
  • Clay R. E., and K. E. Schneider. 2000. The ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) fauna of coastal heath in south-west Victoria: effects of dominance by Acacia sophorae and management actions to control it. Pacific Conservation Biology 6: 144-151.
  • Forel A. 1913. Fourmis de Tasmanie et d'Australie récoltées par MM. Lae, Froggatt etc. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 49: 173-195
  • Lowery B. B., and R. J. Taylor. 1994. Occurrence of ant species in a range of sclerophyll forest communities at Old Chum Dam, north-eastern Tasmania. Australian Entomologist 21: 11-14.
  • 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.
  • Taylor R. W., and D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2: 1-149.