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Species: Nylanderia arenivaga   (Wheeler, 1905) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Prenolepis arenivaga Wheeler, 1905j PDF: 391, fig. 3 (w.m.) U.S.A. Nearctic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Nylanderia (Nylanderia): Forel, 1922b PDF: 98; in Paratrechina (Nylanderia): Emery, 1925d PDF: 221; in Nylanderia: LaPolla et al., 2010A PDF: 127.
Revived status as species: Trager, 1984b PDF: 119.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: United States
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Statewide (except NW?), sandy areas only


Sand prairie, rarely in other sandy or other highly-drained, acid soil habitats (loess hills)

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 24 times found in Black Belt Prairie, 16 times found in mesic forest on banks of chunky river, 12 times found in nest in sandy soil in open area on ridge in mixed forest, 11 times found in disturbed open pine/oak forest near headquarters, 11 times found in nest on roadside in sandy area by creek, 6 times found in Balck Belt Prarie, 5 times found in nest in sand in turkey oak forest, 4 times found in black belt prairie near plum creek, 4 times found in on sandy ground at mixed forest and parking edge, 3 times found in at edge of woods and sand/gravel pit, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times on Virginia Avenue, 1 times strays, 1 times nocturnal, nest entrance a bare hole in sand, 1 times nest in soil, 1 times ground nest, 1 times diurnal forager, 1 times crater nest in sand, nocturnal activity.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 10 times hotdog bait (Bar S hotdogs, beef chicken pork mix), 8 times pitfall trap, 3 times search, 1 times direct collection.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 440 meters, 121 meters average

Type specimens:

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