Myrmica urbanii

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

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Specimen Label

According to Radchenko and Elmes (2010), the ecology of this species is poorly known. It has been found at altitudes of 1000-1900m above mean sea level and one nest was found in soil beneath a log in a Quercus forest (Bharti et al., 2016).


Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - A member of the ritae complex of the ritae species group. It is characterized by the not-very-coarse sinuous rugosity of the frons (having not less than 6 rugae between frontal carinae level with the eyes), by the coarsely reticulated rear third of the head dorsum, and by the presence of abundant erect hairs on the head margins.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality), Nepal.
Palaearctic Region: China.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Known only from the worker caste.


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

  • urbanii. Myrmica urbanii Radchenko & Elmes, 1998: 16, fig. 4 (1-5) (w.) INDIA. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 314.



Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - this species was dedicated to our friend, the distinguished Italian myrmecologist Prof. Cesare Baroni-Urbani.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Chen Z. L., S. Y. Zhou, and J. H. Huang. 2016. Seven species new to science and one newly recorded species of the ant genus Myrmica Latreille, 1804 from China, with proposal of a new synonym (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). ZooKeys 551: 85–128.
  • 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.
  • Wang W., Zhou S. Y., and J. H. Huang. 2005. A new species of the genus Vollenhovia Mayr and a new record species of the genus Myrmica Latreille from China (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). [In Chinese with English summary] Acta Zootaxonomica Sinica 30(4): 835-838.