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Species: Myrmicaria brunnea   Saunders, 1842 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 2 valid subspecies

Myrmicaria brunnea Saunders, 1842 PDF: 57, pl. 5, fig. 2 (m.) INDIA. Indomalaya. Primary type information: Type-material: holotype male. Type-locality: India: Northern India (no further data) (J. Campbell). Type-depository: OXUM (according to Horn & Kahle, 1936: 239). AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

[Misspelled as brunea by Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 155.]
Bingham, 1903 PDF: 118 (w.q.); Imai et al., 1984 PDF: 6 (k.)
Junior synonym of Myrmicaria fodiens: Emery, 1893g PDF: 219.
[Note: Emery, 1893g PDF: 219 (footnote) points out that if the synonymy is correct then Myrmicaria brunnea has priority.]
Status as species: Smith, 1858a PDF: 141; Mayr, 1862 PDF: 757; Roger, 1863b PDF: 28; Mayr, 1863a PDF: 436; Smith, 1871a PDF: 330; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 155; Forel, 1903a PDF: 708; Rothney, 1903: 97; Bingham, 1903 PDF: 118; Forel, 1907h PDF: 17; Forel, 1908b PDF: 2; Forel, 1911f PDF: 380, 383; Forel, 1911c PDF: 226; Forel, 1913l PDF: 74; Emery, 1922c PDF: 122; Santschi, 1924c PDF: 107; Santschi, 1925c PDF: 176 (in key); Wheeler, 1927b PDF: 45; Mukerjee, 1930 PDF: 152; Menozzi, 1930a PDF: 1; Mukerjee, 1934 PDF: 4; Karavaiev, 1935a PDF: 80 (redescription); Donisthorpe, 1942d: 454; Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 124; Bolton, 1995b: 285; Wu & Wang, 1995a: 77; Tiwari, 1999 PDF: 41; Mathew & Tiwari, 2000 PDF: 335; Zhou, 2001a PDF: 96; Jaitrong & Nabhitabhata, 2005 PDF: 29; Guénard & Dunn, 2012 PDF: 49; Bharti et al., 2016 PDF: 41; Rasheed et al., 2019 10.13102/sociobiology.v66i3.4330 PDF: 433; Dias et al., 2020 10.3897/zookeys.967.54432 PDF: 79; Khachonpisitsak et al., 2020 10.3897/zookeys.998.54902 PDF: 105
Senior synonym of Myrmicaria crinita: Emery, 1922c PDF: 122.

Taxon Page Images:

A swarm of Myrmicaria brunnea feeding on Mango Jelly bait in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
A wild swarm of adult Myrmicaria brunnea workers feeding
on Mango Jelly bait in Trincomalee,
Sri Lanka.

Adult close-up lateral view
in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Adult close-up lateral view in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka // Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Asia: Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

India, Vietnam

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Myrmicaria brunnea   Mayr, G., 1862, Myrmecologische Studien., Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 12, pp. 649-776: 757, (download) 757 4445
Myrmicaria brunnea   Smith, F., 1858, Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae., London: British Museum: 141, (download) 141 8127

Specimen Habitat Summary

Elevations: collected at 1066 m

Collect Date Range: collected between 1905-12-01 00:00:00.0 and 1985-11-14 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: type of Myrmicaria brunnea flava: focol1595

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