Myrmecia pavida

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Myrmecia pavida
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Tribe: Myrmeciini
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. pavida
Binomial name
Myrmecia pavida
Clark, 1951


Myrmecia arnoldi, Myrmecia pavida and Myrmecia rubripes are all closely related and share a similar range.

Keys including this Species


Heterick (2009) - Southwestern WA to southern SA.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Chappell et al. (2013): We find little evidence of geographic structuring or inbreeding in the population, indicating that the species outbreeds, most probably in mating swarms. We also find that queens of M. pavida show moderately high polyandry, with 84% having mated with between two and seven males, and an overall mean observed mating frequency of 3.8. This is significantly higher than previously reported for queens of Nothomyrmecia macrops, in which most females mate singly. This was similar to that of Myrmecia pyriformis, Myrmecia brevinoda, and Myrmecia pilosula, the three congenerics for which mating frequencies have recently been reported.



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

  • atrata. Myrmecia atrata Clark, 1951: 77, fig. 55 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of pavida: Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1659.
  • pavida. Myrmecia pavida Clark, 1951: 76, fig. 54 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Senior synonym of atrata: Ogata & Taylor, 1991: 1659.

Type Material



  • 2n = 44 (Australia) (Hirai et al., 1996).