Myrmecia tepperi

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Myrmecia tepperi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species group: pilosula
Species: M. tepperi
Binomial name
Myrmecia tepperi
Emery, 1898

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Specimen Labels

Photo Gallery

  • This Myrmecia tepperi worker was encountered on a cold night near Kalamunda, Perth, Western Australia. It was suprisingly alert and seemed to be taking shelter under a large piece of loose bark, which was strange given the time of night. It would be expected that most workers would have returned to their nest by now, but it may be that this species is nocturnal, or even noctidiurnal. Photo by Farhan Bokhari, 11 July 2009.
  • Myrmecia tepperi worker, Kalamunda, Perth, Western Australia. Photo by Farhan Bokhari, 11 July 2009.
  • Myrmecia tepperi worker, Kalamunda, Perth, Western Australia. Photo by Farhan Bokhari, 11 July 2009.


Heterick (2009) - Myrmecia tepperi is quite similar to Myrmecia michaelseni and Myrmecia rugosa, but can be distinguished by its reduced mandibular dentition (a characteristic of this and the Myrmecia mandibularis species-groups) and the absence of yellow pubescence from the first gastral tergite (present on the second and subsequent tergites).

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -30.16666667° to -36.91667175°.

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.




gulosa group

Myrmecia esuriens

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.

  • tepperi. Myrmecia tepperi Emery, 1898b: 231, fig. 1 (q.m.) AUSTRALIA (South Australia).
    • Type-material: 1 syntype queen, 1 syntype male.
    • Type-locality: Australia: South Australia (J.G.O. Tepper).
    • Type-depository: MSNG.
    • Clark, 1943: 130 (w.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 253 (l.).
    • Combination in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 130;
    • combination in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, 1985: 17.
    • Status as species: Emery, 1911d: 21; Clark, 1943: 130 (redescription); Clark, 1951: 172 (redescription); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 17; Taylor, 1987a: 46; Ogata, 1991a: 362; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1642 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 273; Heterick, 2009: 123.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material

  • Syntype, 2 workers, Mt. Lofty Ranges, South Australia, Australia, Harvey,R., ANIC32-017885, Australian National Insect Collection.
  • Syntype, queen(s), male(s), South Australia, Australia.



  • 2n = 70 (Australia) (Browning, 1987).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Taylor R. W., and D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2: 1-149.