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Species: Myrmicaria natalensis   (Smith, 1858) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Extant: 6 valid subspecies

Physatta natalensis Smith, 1858a PDF: 172 (q.) SOUTH AFRICA. Afrotropic. Primary type information: Type-material: holotype queen. Type-locality: South Africa: Port Natal (= Durban) (no collector’s name). Type-depository: BMNH. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Santschi, 1925c PDF: 144 (q.m.)
Combination in Heptacondylus: Roger, 1863b PDF: 27.
Combination in Myrmicaria: Mayr, 1866b PDF: 905; Emery, 1922c PDF: 123; Santschi, 1933b PDF: 105.
Combination in Myrmica: Santschi, 1925c PDF: 143 (error).
Status as species: Roger, 1863b PDF: 27; Mayr, 1863a PDF: 423; Emery, 1922c PDF: 123; Santschi, 1925c PDF: 143 (redescription); Santschi, 1930b PDF: 61; Santschi, 1933b PDF: 105; Santschi, 1937d PDF: 226; Bernard, 1953b PDF: 229; Bolton, 1995b: 285.
// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 16 times found in grassland, 3 times found in miombo woodland, 3 times found in Urban garden in grassland, 2 times found in Acacia Thicket (in Sekhukhune Plains Bushveld), 3 times found in Savanna, 2 times found in Forest - Montane, 3 times found in Acacia Closed Woodland (in Sekhukhune Plains Bushveld), 3 times found in Ohrigstad Mountain Bushveld, 2 times found in Open Miombo Woodland, open times found in woodland, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 5 times leaf litter, 1 times ex soil, 1 times Soil / Leaf Litter, 1 times on fallen tree trunk, 1 times Ground nest, 1 times ground foragers.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 27 times Pitfall trap, 15 times Hand collected, 5 times Winkler, 2 times Pitfall trap 5 days, 2 times Winkler Bag, 1 times Malaise trap, 1 trap, 1 times Bark, 1 times By Hand, 1 times Hand collecting at night.

Elevations: collected from 25 - 2356 meters, 1076 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1931-01-23 00:00:00.0 and 2021-10-23 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: syntype of Myrmicaria natalensis: casent0900501; type of Physatta natalensis: focol1578

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