MYRMICARIA

(Subfamily Myrmicinae)

Taxonomy

The genus Myrmicaria was established by Saunders (1842), and is assigned to the tribe Myrmecinini (Bolton 2003).

Images


Myrmicaria sp., worker, body in lateral view.


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

Distribution

Two species have so far been found from Vietnam.

brunnea Saunders [sp. eg-1] Bac Can (Bac Can); Ba Vi NP (Ha Noi); Cuc Phuong NP (Ninh Binh)
vidua F. Smith [sp. eg-2] Da Lat (Lam Dong); Que Phong (Nghe An); Nui Chua (Ninh Thuan); Pu Mat NP (Nghe An); Van Ban (Lao Cai)

Bionomics

Myrmicaria brunnea and vidua inhabit various habitats such as fruit gardens, sparse forest, forest edges and well-developed forests, and nest in soil and often build big mounds with soil particles. Workers scavenge deal animals and also tend homopterans.

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