Myrmicaria opaciventris

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Myrmicaria opaciventris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Solenopsidini
Genus: Myrmicaria
Species: M. opaciventris
Binomial name
Myrmicaria opaciventris
Emery, 1893

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Angola (type locality), Cameroun, Kenya, Uganda.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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This species was observed in southern Cameroon tending extrafloral nectaries, sometimes in the presence of other co-occuring ant species.





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

  • opaciventris. Myrmicaria opaciventris Emery, 1893e: 221, pl. 8, figs. 15, 16 (w.q.m.) ANGOLA. Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1953d: 187 (l.). Subspecies of eumenoides: Forel, 1911f: 276; Stitz, 1916: 393; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 148; of natalensis: Emery, 1922e: 123. Revived status as species: Santschi, 1925c: 148. Current subspecies: nominal plus congolensis, crucheti, mesonotalis, obscuripes.



  • Emery, C. 1893g. Formicides de l'Archipel Malais. Rev. Suisse Zool. 1: 187-229 (page 221, pl. 8, figs. 15, 16 worker, queen, male described)
  • Emery, C. 1922c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174B: 95-206 (page 123, Variety/subspecies of natalensis)
  • Forel, A. 1911g. Die Ameisen des K. Zoologischen Museums in München. Sitzungsber. Math.-Phys. Kl. K. Bayer. Akad. Wiss. Münch. 11: 249-303 (page 276, Variety/subspecies of eumenoides)
  • Fotso, A. K., R. Hanna, M. Tindo, A. Doumtsop, and P. Nagel. 2015. How plants and honeydew-producing hemipterans affect ant species richness and structure in a tropical forest zone. Insectes Sociaux. 62:443-453. doi:10.1007/s00040-015-0423-5
  • Santschi, F. 1925c [1924]. Révision des Myrmicaria d'Afrique. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 64: 133-176 (page 148, Revived status as species)
  • Stitz, H. 1916. Formiciden. Ergeb. Zweiten Dtsch. Zent.-Afr. Exped. 1: 369-405 (page 393, Variety/subspecies of eumenoides)
  • Suzzoni, J. P.; Kenne, M.; Dejean, A. 1994. The ecology and distribution of Myrmicaria opaciventris. Pp. 133-150 in: Williams, D. F. (ed.) Exotic ants. Biology, impact, and control of introduced species. Boulder: Westview Press, xvii + 332 pp. (page 133, see also)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1953d. The ant larvae of the myrmicine tribes Melissotarsini, Metaponini, Myrmicariini, and Cardiocondylini. J. Wash. Acad. Sci. 43: 185-189 (page 187, larva described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922b. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. II. The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 39-269 (page 148, Variety/subspecies of eumenoides)