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Species: Nylanderia vividula   (Nylander, 1846) 

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See Also:

Nylanderia vividula_cf01, Nylanderia vividula australis

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Extant: 1 valid subspecies

Formica vividula Nylander, 1846a PDF: 900, pl. 18, figs. 2, 10-14 (w.q.m.) FINLAND. Palearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Prenolepis: Mayr, 1861 PDF: 52; in Nylanderia (Nylanderia): Emery, 1906b PDF: 134; in Paratrechina (Nylanderia): Emery, 1925d PDF: 223; in Nylanderia: Kempf, 1972b PDF: 168; in Paratrechina: Trager, 1984b PDF: 131; in Nylanderia: LaPolla et al., 2010A PDF: 127.
Senior synonym of Nylanderia picea: Mayr, 1876 PDF: 78; Mayr, 1886d PDF: 431.
of Nylanderia kincaidi Trager, 1984b PDF: 75; of Nylanderia mjobergi: Kallal & LaPolla, 2012 PDF: 38.
Current subspecies: nominal plus Nylanderia vividula australis.
See also: Emery, 1910a PDF: 131; Radchenko, 2007 PDF: 33.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Mauritius, Seychelles
    Americas: Bahamas, Bermuda, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, United States
    Asia: Indonesia
    Europe: Finland, Spain, Sweden
    Oceania: Solomon Islands
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Australasia, Malagasy, Nearctic, Neotropical, Palearctic
  Native to (according to species list records):
    Nearctic, Neotropical bioregions

Distribution Notes:

Cabo Verde


Probably introduced, at least into northern California.


(Dutch vernacular name: glanzende langsprietmier)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 66 times found in Black Belt Prairie, 0 times found in cultivated cotton, 4 times found in rainforest, 0 times found in peripheral to cultivated cotton, 6 times found in closed vegetation, 0 times found in rotten logs, 15 times found in coastal savanna, 12 times found in nest on roadside, 11 times found in prairie, 11 times found in field at edge of parking lot, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 6 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 9 times ex rotten log, 15 times under rock, 4 times under boulder, 3 times on low vegetation, 2 times ex dead twig above ground, 1 times stray foragers, 1 times on ground, 1 times nido, 1 times in kitchen on sink (won't leave no matter what I do), 1 times in Hydnophytum, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 26 times pitfall trap, 27 times Berlese funnel, 35 times Lindgren funnel baited with Typosan, 2 times 2 Maxi Winks, 26 times Lindgren funnel baited with Typosan and alpha pinene, 10 times hand collecting, 3 times 9 MaxiWinks, mixed samples, 12 times malaise trap, 11 times Lindgren funnel, 10 times Hand, 8 times sweeping, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 2307 meters, 459 meters average

Type specimens: Lectotype of Formica vividula: casent0102536; Lectotype of Prenolepis vividula mjobergi: usnment00753566; paralectotype of Formica vividula: casent0102537, casent0102538, casent0102539

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