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

In Japan, this species is known to be winter-active (Hosoishi et al., 2019).


Identification Keys including this Taxon


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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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.



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

  • 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.



  • Emery, C. 1910a. Beiträge zur Monographie der Formiciden des paläarktischen Faunengebietes. (Hym.) Teil X. Dtsch. Entomol. Z. 1910: 127-132 (page 132, Combination in Pr. (Nylanderia))
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 220, Combination in Paratrechina (Nylanderia))
  • Forel, A. 1900h. Fourmis du Japon. Nids en toile. Strongylognathus Huberi et voisins. Fourmilière triple. Cyphomymrex Wheeleri. Fourmis importées. Mitt. Schweiz. Entomol. Ges. 10: 267-287 (page 269, male described)
  • Hosoishi, S., Rahman, M.M., Murakami, T., Park, S.-H., Kuboki, Y., Ogata, K. 2019. Winter activity of ants in an urban area of western Japan. Sociobiology 66(3): 414-419 (doi:10.13102/sociobiology.v66i3.4374).
  • Ivanov, K. & J. Milligan. 2008. Paratrechina flavipes (Smith) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), a new exotic ant for Ohio. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 110(2): 439-444.PDF
  • Kallal, R.J. & LaPolla, J.S. 2012. Monograph of Nylanderia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the World, Part II: Nylanderia in the Nearctic. Zootaxa 3508, 1-64.
  • Kupyanskaya, A. N. 1990a. Ants of the Far Eastern USSR. Vladivostok: Akademiya Nauk SSSR, 258 pp. (page 233, see also)
  • 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)
  • Smith, F. 1874b. Descriptions of new species of Tenthredinidae, Ichneumonidae, Chrysididae, Formicidae, &c. of Japan. Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. 1874: 373-409 (page 404, worker, queen described)
  • Trager, J. C. 1984b. A revision of the genus Paratrechina (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the continental United States. Sociobiology 9: 49-162 (page 97, see also)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1906h. The ants of Japan. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 22: 301-328 (page 320, see also)