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Genus: Myrmicaria   Saunders, 1842 


Current Valid Name:

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 39 valid species, 32 valid subspecies

Myrmicaria Saunders, 1842 PDF: 57. Type-species: Myrmicaria brunnea, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Myrmicaria in Poneridae, Myrmicidae: Smith, 1858a PDF: 140.
Myrmicaria in Myrmicidae: Smith, 1871b PDF: 330.
Myrmicaria in Myrmicidae, Pheidolidae: Emery, 1877b PDF: 81.
Genus Myrmicaria references
Cantone, 2017 PDF: 218 (brief male diagnosis); Zettel et al., 2018 PDF: 622 (Philippines key to species)

Taxon Page Images:

Myrmicaria natalensis St. Lucia, KZN, South Africa.
Image © Alex Wild.

Myrmicaria nigra Photo © Philip Herbst, collected by Peter Slingsby at Cape Columbine, West Coast, RSA


Myrmicaria brunnea worker and queen from  Kerala,India

// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
    Asia: Bangladesh, Borneo, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Myrmicaria   Smith, F., 1858, Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae., London: British Museum: 140, (download) 140 8127
Myrmicaria   Wheeler, W. M., 1922, The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition., Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45, pp. 39-269: 141-142, (download) 141-142 20597
Myrmicaria   Mayr, G., 1862, Myrmecologische Studien., Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 12, pp. 649-776: 757, (download) 757 4445
Myrmicaria   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: 21-22, (download) 21-22 23462

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