A high mountain species distributed at about 3,000 m in altitude. (Terayama 2009)
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- guanyin. Paratrechina guanyin Terayama, 2009: 211, fig. 328 (w.) TAIWAN.
- Combination in Nylanderia: Williams & LaPolla, 2016: 248.
Holotype. Worker, Tayulin (3,000 m asl), Nantou Pref., 20-21. ix. 1997, Sk. Yamane leg. Paratype. 1 w, same date as the holotype. NIAES
This species was described before LaPolla et al. (2010a) revived Nylanderia and was never formally moved to the appropriate genus. It has morphological features consistent with other Nylanderia species, including anteriorly placed compound eyes, 6 teeth on the masticatory margin of the mandibles, deep and complete mesosomal sutures, and abundant thick and erect macrosetae. (Williams & LaPolla, 2016: 248)
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Holotype. HL 0.59, HW 0.53, SL 0.76, WL 0.75, PL 0.13, PH 0.20, DPW 0.13, TL 2.0.
Head 1.11 times as long as wide, with even concave posterior margin and convex sides in full face view; posterolateral corner round, not forming distinct angle; frons and vertex smooth and shining. Mandible with 6 teeth. Antenna relatively long; scape exceeding posterior margin of head by 2/5 its length, with several long erect or suberect hairs; 3rd to 5th segment each longer than wide. Eye 0.14 mm in maximum diameter.
Pronotum smooth and shining, with 2 pairs of erect hairs; mesonotum smooth and shining, with 2 pairs of erect hairs; the longest hair ca. 0.10 mm long; metanotal groove incised dorsally; propodeum with convex dorsal margin; posterodorsal corner well convex, posterior margin steep and straight. Petiolar node thin and high.
Gaster smooth and shining.
Color. Body jet black; mandible, antenna and legs yellowish brown.
The specific epithet is the Chinese noun Guanyin, which is the name of a Taiwanese goddess.
- Terayama, M. 2009. A synopsis of the family Formicidae of Taiwan. Research Bulletin of Kanto Gakuen University. 17:81-266. PDF
- Williams, J. L. and J. S. LaPolla. 2016. Taxonomic revision and phylogeny of the ant genus Prenolepis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). 4200(2):201–258. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4200.2.1