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Genus: Prolasius   Forel, 1892 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2020)

Extant: 20 valid species

Prolasius Forel, 1892c PDF: 331 [as subgenus of Lasius]. Type-species: Formica advena, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Prolasius in Camponotinae, Melophorini: Forel, 1917 PDF: 248.
Prolasius in Formicinae, Lasius genus group: Agosti, 1991 PDF: 296.
Prolasius as genus: Wheeler, 1922: 695; Clark, 1934c PDF: 66; Wheeler, 1935c PDF: 71; McAreavey, 1947 PDF: 9; all subsequent authors.
Genus Prolasius references
Emery, 1925d PDF: 13 (Melophorus (Prolasius) diagnosis, catalogue); McAreavey, 1947 PDF: 9 (diagnosis, all species key); Taylor & Brown, 1985: 142 (Australia catalogue); Taylor, 1987a PDF: 65 (Australia, New Zealand checklist); Bolton, 1994: 50 (synoptic classification); Bolton, 1995a PDF: 1052 (census); Bolton, 1995b: 368 (catalogue); Shattuck, 1999: 110 (Australia synopsis); Heterick, 2009 PDF: 111 (south-western Australia species key); Cantone, 2017 PDF: 172 (brief male diagnosis)

Taxon Page Images:

A Prolasius forager searches for food. Diamond Creek, Victoria, Australia.
Image © Alex Wild. // Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
  Native biogeographic regions (according to species list records):

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