Myrmica ordinaria

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Myrmica ordinaria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. ordinaria
Binomial name
Myrmica ordinaria
Radchenko & Elmes, 1999

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Specimen Label

Nothing is known about the biology of Myrmica ordinaria (Bharti et al., 2016).


A member of the cachmiriensis complex of the rugosa species group based only on the features of the female castes because they most resemble Myrmica wardi and Myrmica cachmiriensis. Both queens and workers differ from M. wardi by having very finely punctated, more or less smooth surfaces between the rugae of the head and alitrunk; workers differ from those of M. wardi by having a flat (not concave) mesonotal dorsum and from M. cachmiriensis by the much darker colour of their body and relatively longer subdecumbent pilosity on the sides of the head. (Radchenko and Elmes 2010)

Keys including this Species


It is known only from the type localities from India (Kashmir) and Pakistan.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality), Pakistan.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Males have not been collected.


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • ordinaria. Myrmica ordinaria Radchenko & Elmes, 1999a: 41, fig. 4 (11-16) (w.q.) INDIA. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 209.

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, “India, Kashmir, Seven Springs. 29.07.86, leg. P. Williams” (London); paratypes: 23 w, 1 g, with the same label as holotype; 6 w, “Pakistan, Kalam, 2300 m, 12.07.94, leg. S. Dakatra” (London, Basle, Milan, Kiev, Elmes).


Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - M. ordinaria: name derived from Latin word ordinarius = regular, ordinary, to indicate that this ~pecies falls somewhere in the middle of the range of variation of morphological features for genus Myrmica as a whole and in this sense is ordinary.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bharti H., S. Sasi, and A. Radchenko. 2016. Biogeography and ecology of Myrmica species (Formicidae: Myrmicinae) in Himalayan regions. Sociobiology 63(3): 956-975.
  • Bharti H., Y. P. Sharma, M. Bharti, and M. Pfeiffer. 2013. Ant species richness, endemicity and functional groups, along an elevational gradient in the Himalayas. Asian Myrmecology 5: 79-101.
  • 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.
  • Rasheed M. T., I. Bodlah, A. G. Fareen, A. A. Wachkoo, X. Huang, and S. A. Akbar. 2019. A checklist of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Pakistan. Sociobiology 66(3): 426-439.