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Species: Nylanderia vaga   (Forel, 1901) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Prenolepis obscura r. vaga Forel, 1901c: 26 (w.) NEW GUINEA (Bismarck Archipelago). Australasia. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Nylanderia (Nylanderia): Emery, 1914f PDF: 422; in Paratrechina (Nylanderia): Emery, 1925d PDF: 221; in Nylanderia: Wheeler, 1936g PDF: 17; in Paratrechina: Bolton, 1995b: 315; in Nylanderia: LaPolla et al., 2010A PDF: 127.
Raised to species: Emery, 1914f PDF: 424.
Senior synonym of Nylanderia crassipilis, Nylanderia irritans: Wilson & Taylor, 1967b PDF: 90.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Ecuador
    Asia: Indonesia, Vietnam
    Oceania: Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Palau, Palmyra Atoll, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Indomalaya, Neotropical, Oceania
  Native to (according to species list records):
    Australasia, Indomalaya bioregions

Distribution Notes:

All the main islands

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 80 times found in primary rainforest, 53 times found in disturbed forest, 2 times found in swamp forest, 21 times found in secondary forest, 16 times found in Rainforest, 9 times found in secondary rainforest, 4 times found in port of entry/city, 5 times found in coastal forest, 2 times found in small forest fragment, 3 times found in montane rainforest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 96 times sifted litter, 86 times malaise trap, 5 times 1 square meter of sifted leaf litter, 3 times foraging on ground, 5 times litter sifting, 6 times sifted leaf litter, 2 times foraging on vegetation, 2 times under base of ivory nut leaf, 1 times tending homopteran on vegetation, 2 times foraging on dead tree, 2 times Exorrhiza stump, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 96 times L, 109 times M, 28 times H, 6 times hand collected, 22 times Davis sifting>hand collected|aspirator, 7 times hand collected|aspirator, 7 times winkler, 7 times beating, 3 times 5m interval winks, 6 times Berlesate, 6 times Sweeping, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 1700 meters, 318 meters average

Type specimens: syntype: casent0249101; syntype of Nylanderia vaga: casent0911025; syntype of Nylanderia vaga crassipilis: casent0912312; syntype of Nylanderia vaga irritans: casent0912313

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