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Species: Nylanderia bourbonica   (Forel, 1886) 

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See Also:

Nylanderia bourbonica_cf, Nylanderia bourbonica farquharensis, Nylanderia bourbonica ngasiyana

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Extant: 2 valid subspecies

Prenolepis nodifera r. Bourbonica Forel, 1886h PDF: 210 (w.q.m.) REUNION. Malagasy. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Nylanderia (Nylanderia): Forel, 1912A: 73; in Paratrechina (Nylanderia): Emery, 1925d PDF: 219; in Nylanderia: Wheeler, 1936g PDF: 16; in Paratrechina: Trager, 1984b PDF: 147; in Nylanderia: LaPolla et al., 2010A PDF: 127.
Raised to species: Forel, 1891c PDF: 82.
Senior synonym of Nylanderia bengalensis, Nylanderia hawaiensis, Nylanderia skottsbergi: Wilson & Taylor, 1967b PDF: 88.

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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion, Seychelles, Tanzania
    Americas: Chile, United States
    Asia: China, India, Indonesia
    Oceania: Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaii, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Palmyra Atoll, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania
  Native to (according to species list records):
    Indomalaya bioregion

Distribution Notes:

Reference for Kenya if not type: Forel 1907g


Urban, in conservatories, greenhouses, etc.


Caste of types: (w, q, m)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 15 times found in rainforest, 10 times found in coastal scrub, 15 times found in forest, 9 times found in urban garden, 4 times found in mixed forest, 4 times found in tropical dry forest on tsingy, 2 times found in savannah woodland, 3 times found in montane rainforest, 7 times found in near motel, 6 times found in Ficus forest on rocks, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 16 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 20 times on low vegetation, 15 times under stone, 14 times ex rotten log, 6 times ground forager(s), 6 times under rootmat, litter on rock, 3 times ex dead twig above ground, 5 times with semi-deciduous vegetation, 5 times litter, 3 times ex soil, 3 times sifted litter, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times 2 Maxi Winks, 6 times 9 MaxiWinks, mixed samples, 13 times hand collected|aspirator>bait trap|peanut butter, maple syrup, 5 times hand collected|aspirator, 10 times hand collected|aspirator>bait trap|peanut butter, 6 times search, 0 times blacklight trap, 8 times Davis sifting>hand collected|aspirator, 2 times MW 20 sample transect, 10m, 6 times sweeping, 1 times 4 MaxiWinks, mixed samples, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 1490 meters, 277 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Prenolepis bourbonica bengalensis: casent0910997; syntype of Prenolepis bourbonica hawaiensis: casent0910998

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