Myrmecia nigra

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Myrmecia nigra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species group: urens
Species: M. nigra
Binomial name
Myrmecia nigra
Forel, 1907


Heterick (2009) - The taxonomy of the M. urens species-group is problematic, and most named taxa (including Myrmecia infima described from Perth, and Myrmecia nigra, described from East Fremantle) cannot be identified with any confidence based on morphological characters. However, possibly three species from this group are represented in the SWBP.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -31.95° to -31.95°.

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.

  • nigra. Myrmecia picta var. nigra Forel, 1907h: 267 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Australia: Western Australia, East Fremantle, Stat. 116, 1905 (W. Michaelsen & R. Hartmeyer).
    • Type-depository: holotype lost.
    • [Note: holotype was in Hamburg Museum, probably destroyed in World War II: Taylor & Brown, 1985: 13.]
    • Clark, 1943: 106 (q.).
    • Combination in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 106;
    • combination in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, 1985: 13.
    • Subspecies of picta: Emery, 1911d: 21.
    • Subspecies of infima: Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 63.
    • Junior synonym of infima: Clark, 1934a: 14.
    • Status as species: Clark, 1943: 106 (redescription); Clark, 1951: 195 (redescription); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 13; Taylor, 1987a: 44; Ogata, 1991a: 362; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1631; Bolton, 1995b: 272.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material

  • Holotype, probably destroyed in ZMHB (Berlin) in WW II, East Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • 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.