Radchenko & Elmes, 1999
Myrmica wittmeri seems to be well adapted to high altitude regions of Himalaya above the timberline. The nests were observed under stone and in rotten wood, in ground covered with scarce vegetation mainly of Rhododendron. Nest temperature ranged from 15°C to 23°C and relative humidity varied from 43% to 72%. Alates appear in the month of June and July. Altitudinal range of this species is 2300m to 3300m. (Bharti et al., 2016)
Radchenko and Elmes (2010) – A member of the smythiesii group that distinctly differs from the other species of this group by its much darker colour and reduced sculpture on the alitrunk.
Keys including this Species
Known only from the type localities in India (Himahal Pradesh State) and Pakistan.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
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.
- wittmeri. Myrmica wittmeri Radchenko & Elmes, 1999a: 38, fig. 3 (11-14) (w.) PAKISTAN. See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 326.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - named for the collector, the coleopterologist Dr. Walter Wittmer (1915-1998) of the Natural History Museum, Basle, Switzerland.
- Bharti, H., Sasi, S., Radchenko, A. 2016. Biogeography and ecology of Myrmica species (Formicidae: Myrmicinae) in Himalayan regions. Sociobiology 63, 956-975 (DOI 10.13102/sociobiology.v63i3.1145).
- Radchenko, A. G.; Elmes, G. W. 1999a. Ten new species of Myrmica (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) from the Himalaya. Vestn. Zool. 33(3): 27-46 PDF (page 38, fig. 3 (11-14) worker described)
- Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.
- Seifert, B., Schltz, R., Ritz, M.S., Ritz, C.M. 2018. Cryptic species of the Myrmica tibetana complex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) revealed by integrative taxonomy. Myrmecological News, 27: 93-110.