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Species: Nylanderia vaga   (Forel, 1901) 

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Nylanderia vaga crassipilis, Nylanderia vaga irritans

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)

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

Taxonomic history

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


   Species is introduced to: Afrotropical, Malagasy, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania, Palearctic bioregions.

Afrotropical Region: Southern
Australasia Region: East Sepik, Guadalcanal, Makira-Ulawa, New Britain, New Caledonia, New Georgia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Northern, Papua New Guinea, Rennell Is., San Cristobal, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
Indomalaya Region: Christmas Island, Indonesia, Irian Jaya, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Viet Nam
Nearctic Region: Line Islands
Neotropical Region: Galapagos Islands
Oceania Region: Ba, Bua, Cakaudrove, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Gaga'ifomauga, Hawaii, Kadavu, Lau, Lomaiviti, Macuata, Marquesas Islands, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Naitaisri, Naitasiri, Namosi, Niue, Niue Is., Palau, Palau Islands, Pohnpei, Ponape, Ra, Rewa, Samoa, Sera, Serua, South Cook, Tahiti, Tailevu, Tokelau, Tonga, Truk Islands, Tuamasaga, Viti Levu, Vuda, Wallis and Futuna Islands, Yap Group

Distribution Notes:

All the main islands

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 91 times found in primary rainforest, 64 times found in disturbed forest, 59 times found in secondary forest, 2 times found in swamp forest, 19 times found in coastal forest, 13 times found in Rainforest, 9 times found in secondary rainforest, 4 times found in port of entry/city, 2 times found in small forest fragment, 3 times found in montane rainforest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 3 times on ground, foraging, 5 times litter sifting, 6 times sifted leaf litter, 2 times on vegetation, foraging, 2 times under base of ivory nut leaf, 1 times on vegetation, tending homopteran, 0 times Exorrhiza stump, 0 times Sieved litter, 3 times ex rotting log rainforest, 2 times on dead tree, foraging, 0 times Nephrolepis & grasses, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 5 times Hand-Collected from 1 square meter of sifted leaf litter, 20 times hand collection, 22 times davis-sifting; incidental aspirated, 6 times winkler, 0 times beating, 2 times aspirating, 2 times Berlesate, 3 times 5m interval winks, 6 times aspirating; PB & maple syrup bait, 2 times Sweeping, 0 times Pyrethrum, ...

Elevations: collected from 1 - 1700 meters, 320 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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