Nylanderia vaga

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Nylanderia vaga
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Nylanderia
Species: N. vaga
Binomial name
Nylanderia vaga
(Forel, 1901)

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norfolk Island.
Indo-Australian Region: Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), New Guinea, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna Islands.
Neotropical Region: Galapagos Islands.

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • vaga. Prenolepis obscura r. vaga Forel, 1901b: 26 (w.) NEW GUINEA (Bismarck Archipelago). Donisthorpe, 1948g: 142 (m.). Combination in Pr. (Nylanderia): Emery, 1914f: 422; in Paratrechina (Nylanderia): Emery, 1925b: 221; in Nylanderia: Wheeler, W.M. 1936f: 17; in Paratrechina: Bolton, 1995b: 315; in Nylanderia: LaPolla, Brady & Shattuck, 2010a: 127. Raised to species: Emery, 1914f: 424. Senior synonym of crassipilis, irritans: Wilson & Taylor, 1967: 90.
  • crassipilis. Paratrechina (Nylanderia) vaga var. crassipilis Santschi, 1928c: 71 (w.) FIJI IS. Junior synonym of vaga: Wilson & Taylor, 1967: 90.
  • irritans. Paratrechina (Nylanderia) vaga var. irritans Santschi, 1928a: 55, figs. 7, 8 (w.m.) SAMOA. Junior synonym of vaga: Wilson & Taylor, 1967: 90.

Type Material



  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 315, Combination in Paratrechina)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1948g. A fourth instalment of the Ross Collection of ants from New Guinea. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 12(1): 131-143 (page 142, male described)
  • Emery, C. 1914f. Les fourmis de la Nouvelle-Calédonie et des îles Loyalty. Nova Caled. A Zool. 1: 393-437 (page 422, Combination in Pr. (Nylanderia))
  • Emery, C. 1914f. Les fourmis de la Nouvelle-Calédonie et des îles Loyalty. Nova Caled. A Zool. 1: 393-437 (page 424, Raised to species)
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 221, Combination in Paratrechina (Nylanderia))
  • Forel, A. 1901c. Formiciden aus dem Bismarck-Archipel, auf Grundlage des von Prof. Dr. F. Dahl gesammelten Materials. Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berl. 2: 4-37 (page 26, worker described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1936g. Ants from the Society, Austral, Tuamotu and Mangareva Islands. Occas. Pap. Bernice P. Bishop Mus. 12(1 18: 3-17 (page 17, Combination in Nylanderia)
  • Wilson, E. O.; Taylor, R. W. 1967b. The ants of Polynesia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Pac. Insects Monogr. 14: 1-109 (page 90, Senior synonym of crassipilis and irritans)