Myrmecia varians

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Myrmecia varians
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmeciinae
Genus: Myrmecia
Species: M. varians
Binomial name
Myrmecia varians
Mayr, 1876

Myrmecia varians is an Australian ant which belongs to the Myrmecia genus. This species is native to Australia. The Myrmecia varians is one of the most distributed ants in the country, with the species being observed in every single state and territory except for Tasmania. Myrmecia varians was first described by Mayr in 1876.[1]


The Myrmecia varians is a smaller species of bull ant. The workers for the average worker is around 11-12.5 millimetres in length and queens grow up to 15-16 millimetres in length. The head, thorax, and gaster are black; mandibles and basal, and half of scapes are a yellowish-brown, and the apex and teeth are more reddish. Legs are yellowish-red; node and postpetiole is also red.[2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Myrmecia varians Mayr, 1876". Atlas of Living Australia. Govt of Australia. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Clark, John (1951). The Formicidae of Australia (Volume 1) (PDF). Melbourne: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia. pp. 181–183. 
  3. ^ Clark, John (1943). A revision of the genus Promyrmecia Emery (Formicidae) (PDF). Victoria. p. 127. 
  4. ^ Brown, William (1953). Revisionary notes on the ant genus Myrmecia of Australia (PDF). Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. p. 15. 
  5. ^ Mayr, G. (1876). "Die australischen Formiciden" (PDF). Journal des Museum Godeffroy. 95: 94.