Myrmecia fuscipes

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

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Specimen Labels

These ants are visual predators. Typical encounters with even a solitary forager shows that they are a formidable and aggressive species.


Myrmecia desertorum, Myrmecia fuscipes, Myrmecia gratiosa, Myrmecia nigriceps and Myrmecia vindex are all large to very large, reddish ants with red, brown or black heads and a black gaster.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -30.78333282° to -34.73333°.

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.

  • fuscipes. Myrmecia fuscipes Clark, 1951: 62, fig. 39 (w.) AUSTRALIA (South Australia).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, paratype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: holotype Australia: South Australia, Port Lincoln, xii.1936 (J. Clark); paratypes with same data.
    • Type-depository: ANIC.
    • Junior synonym of desertorum: Brown, 1953j: 25; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 8; Taylor, 1987a: 42.
    • Status as species: Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1637 (in key), 1657; Bolton, 1995b: 271; Heterick, 2009: 121.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material



  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1953j. Revisionary notes on the ant genus Myrmecia of Australia. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology
111: 1-35 (page 25, Junior synonym of desertorum)

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