Nylanderia acuminata

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Nylanderia acuminata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Nylanderia
Species: N. acuminata
Binomial name
Nylanderia acuminata
(Forel, 1911)

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Specimen Labels


Williams and LaPolla (2016) - We move this species to Nylanderia based on its deep and complete mesonotal and metanotal sutures, anteriorly-placed eyes, and abundance of macrosetae with thick setal bases all of which are characteristic of Nylanderia.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Costa Rica, Mexico (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • acuminata. Prenolepis acuminata Forel, 1911c: 309 (w.) MEXICO.
    • Status as species: Bolton, 1995b: 363.
    • Combination in Nylanderia: Williams & LaPolla, 2016: 244.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Williams and LaPolla (2016) - (n=3): CMC: 40–46; EL: 0.26–0.28; EW: 0.19; HL: 0.84–0.88; HLA: 0.37; HLP: 0.39–0.40; HW: 0.75; IOD: 0.46–0.47; LF1: 0.18–0.22; LF2: 0.18–0.22; LHT: 1.07–1.10; MMC: 5–6; MTW: 0.46–0.47; MW: 0.32–0.35; PDH: 0.32–0.33; PMC: 9–12; PrCL: 0.52–0.53; PrCW: 0.29–0.33; PrFL: 0.87–0.91; PrFW: 0.24–0.25; PTH: 0.32; PTL: 0.28–0.29; PTW: 0.20–0.22; PW: 0.55–0.60; SL: 1.06–1.07; TL: 3.39–3.41; WF1: 0.07; WF2: 0.07; WL: 1.12–1.21; BLI: 150–160; CI: 85–89; EPI: 93–95; FLI: 187–200; HTI: 143–147; PetHI: 97–99; PetWI: 70–73; PrCI: 56–62; PrFI: 27–28; REL: 31–32; REL2: 36–37; REL3: 59; SI: 143.

Medium to dark brown; entire cuticle finely reticulate; abundant thick, long, dark, erect macrosetae with thick setal bases on head, pronotum, mesonotum, gaster, and legs; erect setae on scapes; no erect macrosetae on propodeum; fine, dense pubescence covering most of the cuticle; head slightly longer than broad and rectangular in shape with rounded posterolateral corners and a slight medial concavity in the posterior margin; eyes are positioned slightly anterior to the midline of the head (EPI < 100); eyes are moderately large and slightly convex, but do not surpass the lateral margins of the head in full-face view; mandibles with 6 teeth on the masticatory margin; cuticle of ectal surface of mandibles smooth and shiny; in profile view, dorsal surface of the mesonotum is rounded and slightly convex; propodeum is domed with a rounded dorsal face; mesonotal and metanotal sutures are deep and complete.

Type Material

Williams and LaPolla (2016) - Holotype worker, Mexico: Jalapa (Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève: CASENT0911041) [examined].


  • Forel, A. 1911e. Ameisen des Herrn Prof. v. Ihering aus Brasilien (Sao Paulo usw.) nebst einigen anderen aus Südamerika und Afrika (Hym.). Dtsch. Entomol. Z. 1911: 285-312 (page 309, worker described)
  • 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

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Fernandes, P.R. XXXX. Los hormigas del suelo en Mexico: Diversidad, distribucion e importancia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Vásquez-Bolaños M. 2011. Lista de especies de hormigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) para México. Dugesiana 18: 95-133