Nylanderia flavipes

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Nylanderia flavipes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Nylanderia
Species: N. flavipes
Binomial name
Nylanderia flavipes
(Smith, F., 1874)

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Specimen labels

Common Name
Ameiro-ari
Language: Japanese

This species nests in leaf litter, rotting wood, and in the soil of grasslands and forests. It feeds on plant nectar and small dead animals. On mainland Japan newly emerged queens overwinter in their mother nests. Nuptial flights occur from May to June (Japanese Ant Image Database). In Japan, it is known to be winter-active (Hosoishi et al., 2019).

Identification

Identification Keys including this Taxon

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: United Arab Emirates.
Indo-Australian Region: Niue.
Nearctic Region: United States.
Palaearctic Region: China, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Iberian Peninsula, Iran, Japan (type locality), Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Spain.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Hosoishi et al. (2019) examined winter foraging activity in western Japan. They found foraging activity was generally low, except during relatively warm periods when the surface ground temperature was above 6–7°C or soil temperature was above 4–5°C. Tetramorium tsushimae, Messor aciculatus and Pheidole nodus were the most abundant in the open land type, whereas Nylanderia flavipes, Pheidole nodus and Crematogaster osakensis were the most abundant in the forest type. Bait preference varied among the different species, e.g., Pheidole nodus preferred tuna over honey, whereas Nylanderia flavipes similarly responded to tuna and honey.

Flight Period

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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Life History Traits

  • Queen number: monogynous (Frumhoff & Ward, 1992)

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • flavipes. Tapinoma flavipes Smith, F. 1874: 404 (w.q.) JAPAN. Forel, 1900e: 269 (m.). Combination in Prenolepis: Mayr, 1886c: 362; in Pr. (Nylanderia): Emery, 1910a: 132; in Paratrechina (Nylanderia): Emery, 1925b: 220; in Nylanderia: LaPolla, Brady & Shattuck, 2010a: 127. See also: Wheeler, W.M. 1906c: 320; Trager, 1984b: 97; Kupyanskaya, 1990: 233.

Description

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