Myrmica ademonia

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Myrmica ademonia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. ademonia
Binomial name
Myrmica ademonia
Bolton, 1995

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In the Russian Far East M. ademonia is a forest species, living in mixed and deciduous forests and nesting mainly in decayed wood, rarely in soil. In Korea it lives in mixed and deciduous forests (oak, maple, elm, pine, fir) mainly at altitudes between 600 and 1500 m, although it also has been found living in relatively wet places at lower altitudes (ca.0200 m). As in Russia, it usually nests in decayed wood and very rarely in soil under stones. The preference for decaying wood appears to be one of the main ecological differences from Myrmica sulcinodis that usually nests directly in coarse, sandy soil or under stones. (Radchenko and Elmes 2010)


Myrmica ademonia is most similar to Myrmica sulcinodis and is a member of the sulcinodis complex of the lobicornis species group. It differs from M. sulcinodis by its longer propodeal spines, less coarsely sculptured petiole, and well-developed petiolar peduncle.(Radencko and Elmes, 2010)

Keys including this Species


Southern part of Russian Far East, Korean Peninsula.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation (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.



Known from workers, queens, and males.


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

  • aspersa. Myrmica aspersa Kupyanskaya, 1990: 105, figs. 16, 17, 18 (w.q.m.) RUSSIA. [Junior primary homonym of Myrmica aspersa Smith, F. 1865: 72, above.] Replacement name: ademonia Bolton, 1995b: 277.
  • ademonia. Myrmica ademonia Bolton, 1995b: 277. Replacement name for aspersa Kupyanskaya, 1990: 105. [Junior primary homonym of aspersa Smith, F. 1865: 72.] See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 79.

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


The propodeal spines are very long and sharp and are directed upwards at an acute angle.

Type Material

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Myrmica aspersa - One worker syntype in Oxford University Museum of Natural History, one worker syntype in The Natural History Museum. Both labelled “M” (= Morotai I.). Oxford University Museum of Natural History syntype has a Donisthorpe type-label.


Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - apparently Bolton made-up this replacement name, loosely basing it on the word ademptio meaning "to take away" (Barry Bolton, pers. comm.). Interestingly, in medicine the name means sad, weary or depressed which may have described Bolton's mood at having to find another replacement name, but more appropriately, the Ademonia family have red and black among their heraldic colours.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Kholin S. K. and A. N. Kupianskaya. 2003. The international biodiversity observation year (IBOY): the ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of forest ecosystems of the Primorye region. Chteniya Pamyati Alekseya Ivanovicha Kurentsova 14: 50-55.
  • Lelej A. S. 2012. Annotated catalogue of the Insects of Russian Far East. Volume 1. Hymenoptera. Dalnauka: Vladivostok. 635 p.
  • Radchenko, A. 2005. Monographic revision of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of North Korea. Annales Zoologici (Warsaw) 55: 127-221.
  • Radchenko, A. 2005. Monographic revision of the ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of North Korea. Annales Zoologici 55(2): 127-221.
  • Smith F. 1865. Descriptions of new species of hymenopterous insects from the islands of Sumatra, Sula, Gilolo, Salwatty, and New Guinea, collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace. Journal and Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London. Zoology 8: 61-94.