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CharacteristicsWith the following apomorphies (Ward and Brady 2003):
- Masticatory margins of the closed mandibles meeting along most of their length but not broadly overlapping, forming a tight closure with the anteromedially protruding clypeus
- Stout setiform cuticular projections on masticatory margin of mandible
- Lateral clypeal carina present
- Worker ocelli reduced or absent
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Billen, J. P. J. 1988. Comparaison entre les fourmis australiennes des genres Myrmecia et Nothomyrmecia. Actes des Colloques Insectes Sociaux 4: 27-33. [French]
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.
Taylor, R. W. 1978. Nothomyrmecia macrops: a living-fossil ant rediscovered. Science 201: 979-985.
Ward, P. S. and S. G. Brady. 2003. Phylogeny and biogeography of the ant subfamily Myrmeciinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Invertebrate Systematics 17: 361-386.
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