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Genus: Myrmecina   Curtis, 1829 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 104 valid species, 1 valid subspecies

Myrmecina Curtis, 1829: 265. Type-species: Myrmecina latreillii, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Myrmecina in Poneridae, Myrmicidae: Smith, 1858a PDF: 132.
Myrmecina in Myrmicidae: Smith, 1871b PDF: 327; Cresson, 1887 PDF: 261.
Myrmecina in Myrmicidae, Myrmicidae: Emery, 1877b PDF: 81.
Myrmecina in Myrmicinae: Mayr, 1855 PDF: 420 [Myrmicidae]; Mayr, 1861 PDF: 73 [Myrmicidae]; Mayr, 1865 PDF: 21 [Myrmicidae]; Emery & Forel, 1879 PDF: 457 [Myrmicidae]; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 61.
Genus Myrmecina references
Smith, 1858a PDF: 132 (diagnosis); Roger, 1863b PDF: 33 (catalogue); Mayr, 1863a PDF: 429 (catalogue); Mayr, 1865 PDF: 21 (diagnosis); Emery, 1882a: 275 (Europe & Algeria species); Cresson, 1887 PDF: 261 (U.S.A. catalogue); Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 61 (catalogue); Bingham, 1903 PDF: 197 (diagnosis); Emery, 1916a PDF: 171 (Italy species key); Mann, 1919 PDF: 337 (Papuasian species key); Emery, 1924f PDF: 230 (diagnosis, catalogue); Smith, 1948 PDF: 239 (U.S.A. species key); Creighton, 1950a PDF: 246 (North America review); Chapman & Capco, 1951 PDF: 117 (Asia checklist); Bernard, 1967a PDF: 226 (diagnosis); Smith, 1979: 1399 (North America catalogue); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 71 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 47 (Australia checklist); Morisita et al., 1992: 54 (Japan species key); Bolton, 1994: 105 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1050 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 274 (catalogue); Terayama, 1996b PDF: 31 (Japan species key); Lin & Wu, 1998 PDF: 89 (Taiwan species key); Rigato, 1999 PDF: 83 (West Palaearctic species key); Shattuck, 1999: 147 (Australia synopsis); Zhou, 2001a PDF: 138 (China, Guangxi species key); Radchenko, 2005b PDF: 192 (North Korea species key); Zhou et al., 2008 PDF: 285 (China species key); Shattuck, 2009a PDF: 3 (Australia species key); Terayama, 2009 PDF: 187 (Taiwan species key); Sarnat & Economo, 2012 PDF: 91 (Fiji species key); Deyrup, 2015 10.1653/024.098.0429 PDF: 1204 (North America key); Wong & Guénard, 2016c 10.3897/JHR.50.8652 PDF: 129 (Sundaland species key); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 216 (brief male diagnosis); Satria & Yamane, 2019 10.31610/zsr/2019.28.1.183 PDF: 191 (Sumatra species key); Sheela et al., 2020 10.25221/fee.403.2 PDF: 19 (India species key); Okido et al., 2020 PDF: 11 (diagnosis, Southeast Asia species key); Liu et al., 2022 10.11646/zootaxa.5182.2.2 PDF: 152 (taxonomic update for China), 154 (species synopsis for China), 155 (China species key (workers)).

Taxon Page Images:

Myrmecina americana nest with brood in varying stages of development. South Bristol, New York, USA.
Image © Alex Wild.


Myrmecina urbanii Tiwari 1994, image taken from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala in southern Western Ghats of India. Dr Kalesh Sadasivan 2014

// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Algeria, Seychelles, Tunisia
    Americas: Canada, Mexico, United States
    Asia: Armenia, Borneo, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam
    Europe: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Balearic Islands, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Channel Islands, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom
    Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania, Palearctic
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania, Palearctic

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Myrmecina   Eguchi, K., Viet, B. T. & Yamane, S., 2011, Generic synopsis of the Formicidae of Vietnam (Insecta: Hymenoptera), Part I - Myrmicinae and Pseudomyrmicinae., Zootaxa 2878, pp. 1-61: 20-21, (download) 20-21 23462
Myrmecina   Smith, F., 1858, Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae., London: British Museum, pp. -1--1: 132, (download) 132 8127
Myrmecina   Ward, P. S., 2005, A synoptic review of the ants of California (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 936, pp. 1-68: 34, (download) 34 21008
Myrmecina   Collingwood, C. A., 1979, The Formicidae (Hymenoptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark., Fauna Entomologica Scandinavica 8, pp. 1-174: 67-68, (download) 67-68 6175

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