Myrmecia urens

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Myrmecia urens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. urens
Binomial name
Myrmecia urens
Lowne, 1865


Identification Keys including this Taxon


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • urens. Myrmecia urens Lowne, 1865b: 336 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Clark, 1943: 104 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1971d: 254 (l.). Combination in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943: 103; in Myrmecia: Taylor & Brown, D.R. 1985: 17. Junior synonym of picta: Mayr, 1876: 94. Revived from synonymy: Clark, 1927: 39. Senior synonym of pumilio: Clark, 1943: 103. See also: Ogata, 1991a: 362; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1667.
  • pumilio. Myrmecia pumilio Mayr, 1866b: 896 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of picta: Mayr, 1876: 94; of urens: Clark, 1943: 103.

Type Material



  • Clark, J. 1927. The ants of Victoria. Part III. Vic. Nat. (Melb.) 44: 33-40 (page 39, Revived from synonymy)
  • Clark, J. 1943. A revision of the genus Promyrmecia Emery (Formicidae). Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 13: 83-149 (page 103, Senior synonym of pumilio)
  • Lowne, B. T. 1865b. Contributions to the natural history of Australian ants. Entomologist 2: 331-336 (page 336, worker described)
  • Mayr, G. 1876. Die australischen Formiciden. J. Mus. Godeffroy 12: 56-115 (page 94, Junior synonym of picta)
  • Ogata, K. 1991a. Ants of the genus Myrmecia Fabricius: a review of the species groups and their phylogenetic relationships (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmeciinae). Syst. Entomol. 16: 353-381 (page 362, see also)
  • Ogata, K.; Taylor, R. W. 1991. Ants of the genus Myrmecia Fabricius: a preliminary review and key to the named species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmeciinae). J. Nat. Hist. 2 25: 1623-1673 (page 1667, see also)
  • Taylor, R. W.; Brown, D. R. 1985. Formicoidea. Zool. Cat. Aust. 2:1- 149: 1-149, 30 (page 17, Combination in Myrmecia)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1971d. Ant larvae of the subfamily Myrmeciinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Pan-Pac. Entomol. 47: 245-256 (page 254, larva described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Clark J. 1929. Results of a collecting trip to the Cann River, East Gippsland. Victorian Naturalist (Melbourne) 46: 115-123.
  • 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.