Myrmecia occidentalis

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Myrmecia occidentalis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. occidentalis
Binomial name
Myrmecia occidentalis
(Clark, 1943)

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Specimen Labels


Myrmecia occidentalis is widespread throughout the SWBP. This ant is particularly common in the Kwongan sand-plain north of Perth, where it can often be seen foraging on vegetation. (Heterick 2009)


Keys including this Species


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.

  • occidentalis. Promyrmecia occidentalis Clark, 1943: 119, pl. 13, figs. 30, 31 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, D.R. 1985: 13. Senior synonym of opaca: Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1663.
  • opaca. Promyrmecia opaca Clark, 1943: 123, pl. 14, figs. 46, 47 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, D.R. 1985: 13. Junior synonym of occidentalis: Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1663.

Type Material



  • 2n = 64 (Australia) (Hirai et al., 1996).


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