Myrmecia nigriscapa

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Myrmecia nigriscapa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. nigriscapa
Binomial name
Myrmecia nigriscapa
Roger, 1861

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Specimen Labels

Myrmecia nigriscapa appears to be rather timid for a bulldog ant. Members of one nest completely refused to confront the author. (Heterick 2009)

Photo Gallery

  • Worker from Wilsons Promontory National Park, Victoria, Australia. Photo by Jordan Dean.
  • Worker from Braeside Metropolitan Park, Victoria, Australia. Photo by Jordan Dean.


Heterick (2009) - A yellow apex to the gaster with the basal portion of the gaster red.

Keys including this Species


Heterick (2009) - Widespread in other Australian states but seems to have a localised distribution in the Darling Range south of Perth in Western Australia.

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -31.9° to -39.03333333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

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.



Association with Other Organisms

  • This species is a associate (details unknown) for the fungus Purpureocillium lilacinum (a associate (details unknown)) (Quevillon, 2018).
  • This species is a host for the fungus Beauveria bassiana (a parasitoid) (Quevillon, 2018) (encounter mode primary; direct transmission; transmission within nest).



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

  • nigriscapa. Myrmecia nigriscapa Roger, 1861a: 33 (w.) AUSTRALIA (no state data).
    • Type-material: 6 syntype workers.
    • Type-locality: Australia (“New Holland”): (no further data).
    • Type-depository: MNHU.
    • Clark, 1925b: 142 (q.m.).
    • Status as species: Mayr, 1862: 723 (in key); Roger, 1863b: 22; Mayr, 1863: 430; Mayr, 1876: 96; Dalla Torre, 1893: 21; Forel, 1907h: 266; Emery, 1911d: 19; Clark, 1925b: 141; Wheeler, W.M. 1933i: 30; Clark, 1951: 51 (redescription); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 13; Taylor, 1987a: 44; Ogata, 1991a: 358; Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1637 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 272; Heterick, 2009: 120.
    • Distribution: Australia.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Clark J. 1925. The ants of Victoria. Part II. Victorian Naturalist (Melbourne) 42: 135-144.
  • Taylor R. W., and D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. Zoological Catalogue of Australia 2: 1-149.