Myrmoteras arcoelinae

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Myrmoteras arcoelinae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Myrmoteratini
Genus: Myrmoteras
Species: M. arcoelinae
Binomial name
Myrmoteras arcoelinae
Agosti, 1992



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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo, Indonesia, Malaysia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




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

  • arcoelinae. Myrmoteras (Myagroteras) arcoelinae Agosti, 1992: 413, figs. 9, 15, 16 (w.) BORNEO.


HOLOTYPE WORKER. TL 1.66, HL 1.00, HW 1.04, CI 104, SL 1.16, SI 112, EL 0.61, El 59, ML 1.64, MI 164, PF 5/3. In full frontal view, head and occiput smooth and shining, with the exception of three to four rugae originating posterio-medially of the torulus. Alitrunk shining, dorsum of pronotum and propodeum with a smooth and spacious curvilinear sculpture; pronotum, anteriorly and posteriorly transversally, and in between convergent rugose. The sculpture is rather variable in this species, i.e. the sculpture can be reduced but the basic pattern is still visible; on the anterior part of the head, the sculpture can be extended beyond the antennal insertions. The sculpture is not variable on the occiput, the occipital lobe, and on the propodeum. M. arcoelinae might include two species, as from the same localities two different distinct forms are recognizable. One with smooth lateral parts of the pronotal dorsum, the second with the whole pronotal dorsum spacious and flat rugously sculptured. The colour is variable from dark brown to chestnut. See also Myrmoteras tonboli.

Material Examined : Holotype worker, E-Malaysia, Sabah, G. Kinabalu, Liwagu Trail, 1560-1660 m, 27.iv.1987 (D.H. Burckhardt & I.Lobl), #Sb, leaf litter; MHNG. Paratypes: 1 worker same locality as holotype; 2 workers, E-Malaysia, Sabah, G. Kinabalu, 1750 m, 24.iv.1987 (D.H. Burckhardt & I. Lobl); #2a, leaf litter; 3 workers E-Malaysia, Sabah, G. Kinabalu, Liwagu Trail, 22.v .1987 (D.H. Burckhardt & I. Lobl); #3b, leaflitter; BMNH, DAAC, MCZC,MHNG. Additional material examined: 2 workers, E-Malaysia, Crocker Range, km 51-52 from Kota Kinabalu to Tambunan, 1600 m, 18.v.1987 (D.H. Burckhardt & I. Lobl), sifting of vegetational debris in a wet gully and in a gap, humid forest of Lithocarpus-Castanopsis with tree ferns. (Agosti, 1992)


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Agosti D. 1992. Revision of the ant genus Myrmoteras of the Malay Archipelago (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Rev. Suisse Zool. 99: 405-429.
  • Pfeiffer M.; Mezger, D.; Hosoishi, S.; Bakhtiar, E. Y.; Kohout, R. J. 2011. The Formicidae of Borneo (Insecta: Hymenoptera): a preliminary species list. Asian Myrmecology 4:9-58