Myrmecia picta

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

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Specimen Labels

Within the SWBP, this species is quite common in Wandoo woodlands, on the eastern slopes of the Darling Range.


Heterick (2009) - Myrmecia picta F. Smith, the only member of the M. picta group in the SWBP, has a characteristic bicoloured head capsule, yellow anteriorly and blackish posteriorly.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -28.05° to -35.53332901°.

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.

  • picta. Myrmecia picta Smith, F. 1858b: 146 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA (South Australia).
    • Type-material: 1 syntype worker, 1 syntype queen.
    • Type-locality: Australia: South Australia, Adelaide, “53/8”.
    • Type-depository: BMNH.
    • Clark, 1927: 39 (m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 251 (l).
    • Combination in M. (Promyrmecia): Clark, 1927: 39;
    • combination in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 100;
    • combination in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, 1985: 14.
    • Status as species: Roger, 1861a: 36; Mayr, 1862: 727 (in key); Roger, 1863b: 23; Mayr, 1863: 430; Lowne, 1865b: 336; Mayr, 1876: 94; Dalla Torre, 1893: 21; Forel, 1900b: 54; Forel, 1907h: 267; Emery, 1911d: 21; Forel, 1915b: 4; Viehmeyer, 1924a: 222; Crawley, 1926: 382 (redescription); Clark, 1927: 39; Clark, 1934a: 11 (redescription); Clark, 1943: 100 (redescription); Clark, 1951: 139 (redescription); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 14; Taylor, 1987a: 45; Ogata, 1991a: 361; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1640 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 272; Heterick, 2009: 122.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • CSIRO Collection
  • Emery C. 1911. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Ponerinae. Genera Insectorum 118: 1-125.
  • Miller L. J., and T. R. New. 1997. Mount Piper grasslands: pitfall trapping of ants and interpretation of habitat variability. Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria 56(2): 377-381.
  • 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.