Myrmica collingwoodi

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Myrmica collingwoodi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. collingwoodi
Binomial name
Myrmica collingwoodi
Radchenko & Elmes, 1998

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Specimen Label

Virtually unknown, except that this species was found at altitudes ranging 2450-3100m above mean sea level (Bharti et al., 2016).


Radchenko and Elmes (2010) – A member of the boltoni complex of the ritae species group. It differs froin the other species of this complex by its much more finely pundated head dorsum, by the finer sculpture of its alitrunk dorsum, by possession of outstanding hairs on the temples and genae, and by its lighter colour. Additionally, it differs from Myrmica martensi by its distinctly longer propodeal spines, and from Myrmica boltoni by its straight propodeal spines, which are directed backwards and somewhat upwards.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Bhutan (type locality), India.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Males are unknown.


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

  • collingwoodi. Myrmica collingwoodi Radchenko & Elmes, 1998: 23, fig. 6 (w.q.) BHUTAN. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 111.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Type Material

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - Holotype, w, "Dorjula, 3100 m, 26.06" [Bhutan],."Nat.-Hist. Museum BASLE - Bhutan Expedition 1972, Alk. No 56" (BASLE); paratypes: 9 w, 1 q with the same label (probably same nest) as holotype; 6 w, with the samc label, but date of collecting 6.06; 6 w, "Dorjula, 2450-3100 m, 6.06", "Nat.-Hist. Museum BASLE - Bhutan Expedition 1972, No 24-36" (BASLE, LONDON, KIEV, ELMES).


Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - dedicated to our good friend, the eminent British entomologist Cedric A. Collingwood, who at the time of writing is one of the oldest active myrmecologists.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bharti H. 2011. List of Indian ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Halteres 3: 79-87.
  • Bharti H., S. Sasi, and A. Radchenko. 2016. Biogeography and ecology of Myrmica species (Formicidae: Myrmicinae) in Himalayan regions. Sociobiology 63(3): 956-975.
  • Radchenko A. G., and G. W. Elmes. 1998. Taxonomic revision of the ritae species-group of the genus Myrmica (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Vestnik Zoologii 32(4): 3-27.
  • Radchenko A. G., and G. W. Elmes. 2001. A taxonomic revision of the ant genus Myrmica Latreille, 1804 from the Himalaya (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Entomologica Basiliensia 23: 237-276.
  • Radchenko A. G., and G. W. Elmes. 2010. Myrmica ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3. Warsaw: Natura Optima Dux Foundation, 790 pp.
  • Radchenko, A. G., and G. W. Elmes. "A taxonomic revision of the ant genus Myrmica Latreille, 1804 from the Himalaya (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)." Entomologica Basiliensia 23 (2001): 237-276.