Myrmecia nigrocincta

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Myrmecia nigrocincta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species group: nigrocincta
Species: M. nigrocincta
Binomial name
Myrmecia nigrocincta
Smith, F., 1858

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Specimen Labels

At a Glance • Brachypterous Queen  


Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -15.83333° to -38.21667099°.

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.

Elevation Range

Occurrence at collecting sites during elevational surveys of rainforest in the Eungella region, Queensland, Australia (Burwell et al., 2020).
Species Elevation (m asl)
200 400 600 800 1000 1200
Myrmecia nigrocincta 20-30 30-40 30-40
Shading indicates the bands of elevation where species was recorded.
Numbers are the percentage of total samples containing this species.


A colony excavated in 2007 near Raleigh NSW yielded one queen, 570 workers, 75 cocoons as well as larvae and eggs (C. Peeters unpublished data).


Queen is brachypterous, i.e. short, non-functional wings are present at adult emergence (Wheeler 1933 p. 49). This implies that she mates close to her natal colony, and dispersal distance is limited

Myrmecia nigrocincta queen and workers from a colony excavated near Coff's Harbour, NSW. Photo by Christian Peeters.


gulosa group

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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.

  • nigrocincta. Myrmecia nigrocincta Smith, F. 1858b: 147 (w.) AUSTRALIA (no state data).
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Australia: (no further data), “56/43”.
    • Type-depository: BMNH.
    • Roger, 1861a: 36 (q.); Mayr, 1876: 95 (m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 251 (l.); Imai, Crozier & Taylor, 1977: 345 (k.).
    • Status as species: Roger, 1861a: 35; Mayr, 1862: 724 (in key); Roger, 1863b: 23; Mayr, 1863: 430; Mayr, 1865: 84; Lowne, 1865b: 336; Mayr, 1876: 95; Dalla Torre, 1893: 21; Forel, 1910b: 8; Emery, 1911d: 20; Forel, 1915b: 5; Viehmeyer, 1924a: 222; Crawley, 1926: 381 (redescription); Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 48; Clark, 1951: 113 (redescription); Kugler, C. 1980b: 265; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 13; Taylor, 1987a: 44; Ogata, 1991a: 359; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1639 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 272; Liu, S., Richter, et al. 2019: 1 (anatomy).
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Forel A. 1915. Results of Dr. E. Mjöbergs Swedish Scientific Expeditions to Australia 1910-13. 2. Ameisen. Ark. Zool. 9(16): 1-119
  • Imai H. T., R. H. Crozier, and R. W. Taylor. 1977. Karyotype evolution in Australian ants. Chromosoma 59: 341-393.
  • Osunkoya O. O., C. Polo, and A. N. Andersen. 2011. Invasion impacts on biodiversity: response of ant communities to infestation by cat's claw creeper vine, Macfadyena unguis-cati (Bignoniaceae) in subtropical Australia. Biol. Invasions 13: 2289-2302.
  • Taylor R. W., and D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2: 1-149.