Myrmecia rufinodis

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

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Specimen Labels


Photo Gallery

  • Workers at nest entrance. Photo by Mark Newton.
  • Foraging workers. Photo by Mark Newton.
  • Foraging worker. Photo by Mark Newton.
  • Nest at base of grass tussock. Photo by Mark Newton.
  • Nest entrances. Photo by Mark Newton.
  • Midden pile with cast-off cocoons. Photo by Mark Newton.


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.

  • rufinodis. Myrmecia rufinodis Smith, F. 1858b: 145 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Clark, 1951: 38 (q.m.). Senior synonym of gracilis: Brown, 1953j: 8.
  • gracilis. Myrmecia gracilis Emery, 1898b: 232, fig. 2 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Clark, 1938: 358 (q.m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 250 (l.). Subspecies of crudelis: Emery, 1911d: 19. Revived status as species: Clark, 1938: 357; Clark, 1951: 39. Junior synonym of rufinodis: Brown, 1953j: 8.

Type Material

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Myrmecia rufinodis

Holotype worker in The Natural History Museum. Labelled “Adelaide 53/8” and with a det. label “rufinodis type Sm.”



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Brown W. L., Jr. 1953. Revisionary notes on the ant genus Myrmecia of Australia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 111: 1-35.
  • Clark J. 1938. The Sir Joseph Banks Islands. Reports of the McCoy Society for Field Investigation and Research. Part 10. Formicidae (Hymenoptera). Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria (n.s.)50: 356-382.
  • 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.