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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, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Papua New Guinea, Rennell Is., San Cristobal, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
Indomalaya Region: Christmas Island, Indonesia, Irian Jaya, 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: 80 times found in primary rainforest, 53 times found in disturbed forest, 21 times found in secondary forest, 2 times found in swamp forest, 11 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, 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, 0 times Sieved litter, 0 times Exorrhiza stump, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 96 times L, 109 times M, 28 times H, 5 times Hand-Collected from 1 square meter of sifted leaf litter, 22 times davis-sifting; incidental aspirated, 6 times winkler, 0 times beating, 3 times 5m interval winks, 2 times aspirating, 2 times Berlesate, 6 times aspirating; PB & maple syrup bait, ...

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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