Myrmecia nigriscapa

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

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Specimen Labels

Myrmecia nigriscapa appears to be rather timid for a bulldog ant. Members of one nest completely refused to confront the author. (Heterick 2009)

Photo Gallery

  • Worker from Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia. Photo by Jordan Dean.
  • Worker from Braeside Metropolitan Park, Victoria, Australia. Photo by Jordan Dean.


Heterick (2009) - A yellow apex to the gaster with the basal portion of the gaster red.

Keys including this Species


Heterick (2009) - Widespread in other Australian states but seems to have a localised distribution in the Darling Range south of Perth in Western Australia.

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -31.9° to -39.03333333°.

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.


Association with Other Organisms

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  • This species is a associate (details unknown) for the fungus Purpureocillium lilacinum (a associate (details unknown)) (Quevillon, 2018).
  • This species is a host for the fungus Beauveria bassiana (a parasitoid) (Quevillon, 2018) (encounter mode primary; direct transmission; transmission within nest).



gulosa group

Myrmecia esuriens

Myrmecia midas

Myrmecia pulchra

Myrmecia mjobergi

Myrmecia regularis

Myrmecia forficata

Myrmecia brevinoda

Myrmecia erecta

Myrmecia pyriformis

Myrmecia browningi

Myrmecia sp.

Myrmecia analis

Myrmecia minuscula

Myrmecia comata

Myrmecia rowlandi

Myrmecia flavicoma

Myrmecia tarsata

Myrmecia tridentata

Myrmecia eungellensis

Myrmecia fabricii

Myrmecia athertonensis

Myrmecia auriventris

Myrmecia borealis

Myrmecia gulosa

Myrmecia forceps

Myrmecia simillima

Myrmecia arnoldi

Myrmecia fulgida

Myrmecia pavida

Myrmecia vindex

Myrmecia fuscipes

Myrmecia (near nigriceps)

Myrmecia desertorum

Myrmecia nigriceps

Myrmecia nigriceps

Myrmecia inquilina

nigrocincta group

Myrmecia flammicollis

Myrmecia petiolata

Myrmecia nigrocincta

picta group

Myrmecia fucosa

Myrmecia picta

Myrmecia infima

Myrmecia urens

apicalis group

Myrmecia apicalis

pilosula group

Myrmecia testaceipes

Myrmecia acuta

Myrmecia chasei

Myrmecia clarki

Myrmecia dispar

Myrmecia occidentalis

Myrmecia tepperi

Myrmecia elegans

Myrmecia varians

Myrmecia banksi

Myrmecia croslandi

Myrmecia impaternata

Myrmecia haskinsorum

Myrmecia pilosula

Myrmecia pilosula

Myrmecia (near pilosula)

Based on Mera-Rodríguez et al. (2023).


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

  • nigriscapa. Myrmecia nigriscapa Roger, 1861a: 33 (w.) AUSTRALIA (no state data).
    • Type-material: 6 syntype workers.
    • Type-locality: Australia (“New Holland”): (no further data).
    • Type-depository: MNHU.
    • Clark, 1925b: 142 (q.m.).
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1862: 723 (in key); Roger, 1863b: 22; Mayr, 1863: 430; Mayr, 1876: 96; Dalla Torre, 1893: 21; Forel, 1907h: 266; Emery, 1911d: 19; Clark, 1925b: 141; Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 30; Clark, 1951: 51 (redescription); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 13; Taylor, 1987a: 44; Ogata, 1991a: 358; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1637 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 272; Heterick, 2009: 120.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Clark J. 1925. The ants of Victoria. Part II. Victorian Naturalist (Melbourne) 42: 135-144.
  • Taylor R. W., and D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2: 1-149.