Myrmica gigantea

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This species is known from only two workers and one queen.

Myrmica gigantea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. gigantea
Binomial name
Myrmica gigantea
(Collingwood, 1962)

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A member of the ritae complex of the ritae species group that most resembles Myrmica urbanii by the sculpture of head dorsum but well differs from the latter by its great size, shorter scape, petiole and propodeal spines. (Radchenko & Elmes, 2010)

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Myanmar (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Workers and queens are described, males are unknown.


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

  • gigantea. Aphaenogaster (Nystalomyrma) gigantea Collingwood, 1962: 225, fig. 7 (w.q.) MYANMAR. Combination in Myrmica: Radchenko & Elmes, 1998: 13. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 143.

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, “NE Burma, Kombaiti, 15.iv.1934, leg. R. Malaise” (STOCKHOLM); paratype, 1 q with same collection data as the holotype (STOCKHOLM);


Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - from the Latin word gigas = giant, to indicate its exceptionally large size compared with similar Aphaenogaster species.


  • Radchenko, A. G.; Elmes, G. W. 1998. Taxonomic revision of the ritae species-group of the genus Myrmica (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Vestn. Zool. 32(4): 3-27 (page 13, Combination in Myrmica)
  • Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • 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. 2010. Myrmica ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3. Warsaw: Natura Optima Dux Foundation, 790 pp.