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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.


Australasia Region: New Caledonia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu
Indomalaya Region: Christmas Island, Indonesia
Neotropical Region: Galapagos Islands
Oceania Region: Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Wallis and Futuna Islands

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 litter, ...

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 Berlesate, 3 times 5m interval winks, 2 times aspirating, 6 times aspirating; PB & maple syrup bait, 2 times Sweeping, 2 times L, ...

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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