MYRMICA

(Subfamily Myrmicinae)

Taxonomy

The genus Myrmica was established by Latreille (1804), and is assigned to the tribe Myrmicini (Bolton, 2003). The Vietnamese species were recently revised by Radchenko & Elmes (2001) and Radchenko et al. (2006).

Images


Myrmica sp., worker, body in lateral view.


Myrmica sp., worker, head in full-face view.

Distribution

Five species have so far been found from Vietnam.

angulata Radchenko et Elmes Sa Pa (Lao Cai)
schoedli Radchenko, Elmes et Bui Sa Pa (Lao Cai)
serica Wheeler Sa Pa (Lao Cai)
titanica Radchenko et Elmes Sa Pa (Lao Cai)
yamanei Radchenko et Elmes Sa Pa (Lao Cai)

Bionomics

Myrmica species have so far been found exclusively in Mts. Fan Si Pan above ca. 1,700 m alt. They inhabit sparse forests to well-developed forests and nest in rotting logs, wood fragments, under stones, in soil around tree bases, etc. Workers forage on the ground and lower vegetation.

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