Prolasius advena

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Prolasius advena
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Melophorini
Genus: Prolasius
Species: P. advena
Binomial name
Prolasius advena
(Smith, F., 1862)

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This endemic New Zealand species is found in native beech forests.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: New Zealand (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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This species is the host of the nematode Diploscapter formicidae (Zhao et al., 2013).



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

  • advena. Formica advena Smith, F. 1862c: 53 (w.q.) NEW ZEALAND. Forel, 1892c: 332 (m.). Combination in Prenolepis: Mayr, 1886c: 362; in Lasius (Prolasius): Forel, 1892c: 332; in Prolasius: Wheeler, W.M. 1935c: 71. Senior synonym of zealandica: Brown, 1958h: 43. See also: McAreavey, 1947: 14.
  • zealandica. Formica zealandica Smith, F. 1878a: 6 (q.) NEW ZEALAND. McAreavey, 1947: 14 (w.). Combination in Prolasius: McAreavey, 1947: 14. Junior synonym of advenus: Brown, 1958h: 43.



  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1958h. A review of the ants of New Zealand. Acta Hymenopterol. 1: 1-50 (page 43, Senior synonym of zealandica)
  • Forel, A. 1892c. Die Ameisen Neu-Seelands. Mitt. Schweiz. Entomol. Ges. 8: 331-343 (page 332, male described)
  • Forel, A. 1892c. Die Ameisen Neu-Seelands. Mitt. Schweiz. Entomol. Ges. 8: 331-343 (page 33, Combination in Lasius( Prolasius))
  • Mayr, G. 1886c. Notizen über die Formiciden-Sammlung des British Museum in London. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 36: 353-368 (page 362, Combination in Prenolepis)
  • McAreavey, J. 1947. New species of the genera Prolasius Forel and Melophorus Lubbock (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Mem. Natl. Mus. Vic. 15: 7-27 (page 14, see also)
  • Smith, F. 1862c. Descriptions of new species of Australian Hymenoptera, and of a species of Formica from New Zealand. Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. (3) 1: 53-62 (page 53, worker, queen described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1935c. Myrmecological notes. Psyche (Camb.) 42: 68-72 (page 71, Combination in Prolasius)
  • Zhao, Z.Q., Davies, K.A., Brenton-Rule, E.C., Grangier, J., Gruber, M.A.M., Giblin-Davis, R.M., Lester, P.J. 2013. Diploscapter formicidae sp n. (Rhabditida: Diploscapteridae), from the ant Prolasius advenus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in New Zealand. Nematology 15: 109-123 (DOI: 10.1163/156854112X649828).