Myrmecia testaceipes

AntWiki: The Ants --- Online
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Myrmecia testaceipes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. testaceipes
Binomial name
Myrmecia testaceipes
(Clark, 1943)

Myrmecia testaceipes antweb1008295 d 1 high.jpg

Specimen Labels



Heterick (2009) - Myrmecia testaceipes resembles Myrmecia swalei but has reddish brown legs (compared with blackish legs) and a postpetiole that is lighter in colour than the gaster (compared with one that is concolorous with the gaster).

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -32.15° to -37.75°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

Check data from AntWeb

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.

  • testaceipes. Promyrmecia testaceipes Clark, 1943: 134, pl. 15, fig. 69 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia).
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Western Australia, Albany (J. Clark).
    • Type-depository: MVMA.
    • Combination in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, 1985: 17.
    • Status as species: Clark, 1951: 178 (redescription); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 17; Taylor, 1987a: 46; Ogata, 1991a: 362; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1642 (in key), 1666; Bolton, 1995b: 273; Heterick, 2009: 123.
    • Senior synonym of dixoni: Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1666; Bolton, 1995b: 273.
    • Distribution: Australia.
  • dixoni. Promyrmecia dixoni Clark, 1943: 135, pl. 16, figs. 77, 78 (w.q.) AUSTRALIA (Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory).
    • Type-material: syntype workers, syntype queens (numbers not stated).
    • Type-locality: Australia: Victoria, Eltham (J.E. Dixon), Victoria, Eltham (F.E. Wilson); non-type locality syntypes New South Wales, Albury (F.E. Wilson), Australian Federal (= Capital) Territory, Canberra (T. Greaves).
    • [Note: type-locality Victoria by restriction of Clark, 1951: 180.]
    • Type-depository: MVMA.
    • Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 247 (l.).
    • Combination in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, 1985: 8.
    • Status as species: Clark, 1951: 179 (redescription); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 8; Taylor, 1987a: 42; Ogata, 1991a: 362.
    • Junior synonym of testaceipes: Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1666; Bolton, 1995b: 271.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Heterick B. E. 2009. A guide to the ants of south-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 76: 1-206. 
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Taylor R. W., and D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2: 1-149.