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Species: Myrmecia vindex   Smith, 1858 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Myrmecia vindex Smith, 1858a PDF: 144 (w.) AUSTRALIA (Western Australia). Australasia. Primary type information: Type-material: holotype worker. Type-locality: Australia: West Australia, “42/19” (Moore). Type-depository: BMNH. Type notes: Head detached, glued to label whose underside reads, “vindex type Sm.” AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Roger, 1861a PDF: 34 (q.); Clark, 1925b PDF: 143 (q.m.); Clark, 1951 PDF: 69 (ergatoid q.); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1971d PDF: 254 (l.)
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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

5. Myrmecia vindexHNS. B.M.

Worker. Length 7 lines.-Ferruginous, with the abdomen black; the nodes of the petiole ferruginous; the sculpture nearly the same as in M. sanguineaHNS; the mandibles are, however, longer, more strongly toothed, and of a pale yellow colour; the nodes of the petiole are more elongate, and the petiole of the first node is longer and more slender; the insect is of a duller red than M. sanguineaHNS; the head sometimes fuscous-red.

Hab. West Australia.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in Dry sclerophyll, 2 times found in Sclerophyll woodland; white sand, 1 times found in Eucalyptus woodland; white sand, 1 times found in Heath, 1 times found in In sandy loam, 1 times found in Mallee, 1 times found in Mixed native/exotic veg., urban parkland, 1 times found in Riparian woodland.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times Ground nest, 3 times On lawn, 2 times Mound nest, 1 times From marri E. calophylla, 1 times Trunk strays, 1 times soil, 1 times On E.camaldulensis, 1 times Litter, 1 times Ground strays.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times By hand, 1 times Caught in yellow tray, 1 times Pyrethrum knockdown.

Elevations: collected from 50 - 300 meters, 143 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1905-05-09 00:00:00.0 and 2006-05-07 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Holotype of Myrmecia vindex: casent0902796; syntype: anic32-014846; syntype of Myrmecia vindex basirufa: casent0907095

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