Myrmoteras wolasi

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Myrmoteras wolasi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Myrmoteratini
Genus: Myrmoteras
Species: M. wolasi
Binomial name
Myrmoteras wolasi
Moffett, 1985

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Known only from the holotype worker.


Moffett (1985) - Distinguished from Myrmoteras morowali and Myrmoteras toro by the presence of distinct granulate sculpture on both the clypeus and frontal area (head and pronotum otherwise conspicuously rugose); declivity of propodeum entirely smooth; and color darker, with petiole strikingly lighter in color than trunk or gaster. Also distinguished from M. toro by its smaller size and dorsally flattened propodeum.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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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.

  • wolasi. Myrmoteras (Myagroteras) wolasi Moffett, 1985b: 52, figs. 41, 45 (w.) INDONESIA (Sulawesi).

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Holotype: TL 4.5, HW 0.88, HL 0.88 (CI 100), ML 1.23 (MI 141), SL 0.96 (SI 109), EL 0.55, HFL 0.98 (TWI 21), WL 1.20. Frontal sulcus a narrow groove, and, like orbital grooves, somewhat wider and more conspicuous than in M. toro. Frontal area clearly defined. Both mandibles with 12 teeth and two denticles. Apical denticles both tiny, with little difference in size as in Myrmoteras toro. Mandibles dorsally without any trace of the feeble medial grooves found in Myrmoteras morowali.

Shape and conformation of trunk and petiole exactly as described for M. morowali, but with node of petiole narrower.

Sculpture on head similar to M. toro, but with rugae wider, 0.03 mm across; rugae longitudinal but diverging somewhat towards occiput. Clypeus and frontal area evenly granulate throughout, not rugose; granules ca. 0.01 mm wide. Back of head smooth except for a few rugae directly behind ocelli; feebly rugulose on occipital lobe as in M. toro. Fine longitudinal rugae on sides below eyes; smooth beneath head. Pronotum similar to M. toro, with rugae like those on head but more sinuous, mostly transverse caudad and mostly longitudinal farther back and on sides; mesothorax and propodeum rugose as described for M. toro, but with declivity entirely smooth. Pilosity very dense, as described for M. toro. Head and trunk orange red, petiole (as well as legs and antennae) contrasting yellowish orange, tarsi and mandibles orange yellow.

Type Material

Holotype. Worker deposited in Museum of Comparative Zoology from Indonesia: S.E. Sulawesi: rainforest 1-2 km east of Wolasi, 42 km south of Kendari, ca. 350 m, 13-14 July 1972 (W. L. Brown).


The specific name is a noun in apposition after the type locality.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Moffett M.W. 1985. Revision of the genus Myrmoteras. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 151: 1-53.
  • Zettel H., and Sorger, D. M. 2011. New Myrmoteras ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the southeastern Philippines. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 59:61-67.