Prolasius nitidissimus

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Prolasius nitidissimus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Melophorini
Genus: Prolasius
Species: P. nitidissimus
Binomial name
Prolasius nitidissimus
(André, 1896)

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Specimen labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • nitidissimus. Formica nitidissima André, 1896b: 255 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Combination in Melophorus: Forel, 1902h: 483; in Prolasius: Wheeler, W.M. 1935c: 71. Senior synonym of niger, similis: Taylor, 1992a: 65.
  • niger. Prolasius niger Clark, 1934c: 68, pl. 4, fig. 30 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of nitidissimus: Taylor, 1992a: 65.
  • similis. Prolasius depressiceps var. similis McAreavey, 1947: 23 (w.) AUSTRALIA. Junior synonym of nitidissimus: Taylor, 1992a: 65.

Type Material



  • André, E. 1896d. Fourmis nouvelles d'Asie et d'Australie. Rev. Entomol. (Caen) 15: 251-265 (page 255, worker described)
  • Forel, A. 1902j. Fourmis nouvelles d'Australie. Rev. Suisse Zool. 10: 405-548 (page 483, Combination in Melophorus)
  • Taylor, R. W. 1992a. Nomenclature and distribution of some Australian and New Guinean ants of the subfamily Formicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Aust. Entomol. Soc. 31: 57-69 (page 65, Senior synonym of niger and similis)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1935c. Myrmecological notes. Psyche (Camb.) 42: 68-72 (page 71, Combination in Prolasius)