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Species: Myrmecia mandibularis   Smith, 1858 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Myrmecia mandibularis Smith, 1858a PDF: 145 (w.) AUSTRALIA (South Australia). Australasia. Primary type information: Type-material: holotype worker. Type-locality: Australia: South Australia, Adelaide, “53/56”. Type-depository: BMNH. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Clark, 1943 PDF: 138 (q.m.).
Combination in Promyrmecia: Clark, 1943 PDF: 137.
Combination in Myrmecia: Brown, 1953j PDF: 4.
Status as species: Roger, 1861a PDF: 36; Mayr, 1862 PDF: 727 (in key); Roger, 1863b PDF: 23; Mayr, 1863a PDF: 430; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 20; Emery, 1911e PDF: 21; Crawley, 1926 PDF: 385 (redescription); Wheeler, 1933i: 64; Clark, 1943 PDF: 137 (redescription); Clark, 1951 PDF: 151 (redescription); Brown, 1953j PDF: 4; Kugler, 1980b PDF: 265; Taylor & Brown, 1985: 12; Taylor, 1987a PDF: 44; Ogata, 1991a PDF: 359; Ogata & Taylor, 1991 PDF: 1639 (in key); Bolton, 1995b: 272; Heterick, 2009 PDF: 123.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Oceania: Australia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Smith, F., 1858, Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae., London: British Museum

8. Myrmecia mandibularisHNS. B.M.

Worker. Length 5 lines.-Black and shining: head quadrate and longitudinally striated; mandibles straight, with a slight bend at their base, of nearly equal width throughout, convex above, flattened beneath, obliquely truncate, forming a bent tooth at the apex; the inner edge with three or four teeth. Thorax: the pro-, meso- and metathorax above, much more strongly striated longitudinally than the head; the metathorax transversely striated behind; the apical joints of the tarsi ferruginous. Abdomen: the first node of the petiole, viewed sideways, is quadrate; above, it is convex, widest behind, and coarsely rugose; the second node subglobose, and longitudinally and finely striated, the abdomen densely clothed with ferruginous pubescence.

Hab. Adelaide.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 3 times found in Marri for., 3 times found in Dry sclerophyll, 2 times found in Mallee, 2 times found in Mallee woodland, 2 times found in native veg., rural environ., 1 times found in Eucalyptus open forest, 1 times found in Flat floor, near creek, 1 times found in Marri forest, 1 times found in Coastal dune, white sand, 1 times found in Relict woodland, Scattered jarrah/marri, White soil, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times Under stone, 2 times Under rock, 2 times soil, 2 times Nest, 2 times In soil under log, 2 times Ground strays, 1 times Under stone, claustral, 1 times Stray ground foragers, 1 times Nest under rock, 1 times Nest in soil under log, 1 times Nest in sand near Red Gums, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times By hand, 1 times direct collection, 1 times Pitfall.

Elevations: collected from 50 - 548 meters, 242 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1925-09-30 and 2015-08-08

Type specimens: Holotype of Myrmecia mandibularis: casent0902808; syntype of Myrmecia mandibularis aureorufa: casent0907099

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