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88 additional described species
Containing group: Myrmeciinae


With the following apomorphies (Bolton 2003):


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Bolton, B. 1994. Identification Guide to the Ant Genera of the World. 222 pp. Cambridge, Mass.

Bolton, B. 1995. A New General Catalog of the Ants of the World. 504 pp. Cambridge, Mass.

Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. 370 pp. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute, Vol. 71. Gainesville, FL.

Hölldobler, B. and E. O. Wilson. 1990. The Ants. 732 pp. Harvard University Press.

Ogata, K. 1991. Ants of the genus Myrmecia Fabricius: a review of the species groups and their phylogenetic relationships. Systematic Entomology 16: 353-381.

Ogata, K. and R. W. Taylor. 1991. Ants of the genus Myrmecia Fabricius: a preliminary review and key to the named species. Journal of Natural History 25: 1623-1673.

Ward, P. S. and S. G. Brady. 2003. Phylogeny and biogeography of the ant subfamily Myrmeciinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Invertebrate Systematics 17: 361-386.

Wheeler, G. C. & Wheeler, J. 1976. Ant larvae: review and synthesis. Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Washington 74: 1-108.

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Scientific Name Myrmecia nigriceps
Location Canberra, ACT, Australia
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By Ajay Narendra
Sex Female
Copyright © 2007 Ajay Narendra
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