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: 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.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • nigriscapa. Myrmecia nigriscapa Roger, 1861a: 33 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Clark, 1925b: 142 (q.m.). See also: Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 30; Clark, 1951: 51.

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.