Myrmecia rugosa

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Myrmecia rugosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species group: pilosula
Species: M. rugosa
Binomial name
Myrmecia rugosa
Wheeler, W.M., 1933

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Specimen Labels



Heterick (2009) - Myrmecia michaelseni and Myrmecia rugosa are two black Myrmecia with yellow pubescence on the gaster. Myrmecia rugosa can be distinguished by its sculptured postpetiole and canary yellow (as opposed to more orange-yellow) gastral pubescence. These two taxa are not uncommon in the Jarrah-Marri forests of the wetter south-western parts of the State.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -26.9° to -35.65000153°.

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.

  • rugosa. Myrmecia (Promyrmecia) michaelseni subsp. rugosa Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 60 (in text) (w.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-localities: Australia: Western Australia, Ludlow (no collector’s name).
    • Type-depositories: ANIC, MCZC (possibly also MVMA).
    • As nomen nudum (incorrectly), and junior synonym of ruginodis: Clark, 1951: 207.
    • Status as species: Brown, 1953j: 5; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 15; Taylor, 1987a: 45; Ogata, 1991a: 361; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1640 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 273; Heterick, 2009: 122.
    • Senior synonym of ruginodis: Brown, 1953j: 5; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 16; Taylor, 1987a: 45; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1631; Bolton, 1995b: 273.
    • Distribution: Australia.
  • ruginodis. Promyrmecia ruginodis Clark, 1943: 113, pl. 13, figs. 20-22 (w.q.m.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated), 1(?) syntype queen, 1(?) syntype male.
    • Type-localities: Australia: Western Australia, Perth (J. Clark), Western Australia, Armadale (J. Clark), Western Australia, Ludlow (J. Clark).
    • Type-depository: MVMA.
    • Status as species: Clark, 1951: 207 (redescription).
    • Junior synonym of rugosa: Brown, 1953j: 5; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 16; Taylor, 1987a: 45; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1631; Bolton, 1995b: 273.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Brown W. L., Jr. 1953. Revisionary notes on the ant genus Myrmecia of Australia. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology
111: 1-35.