Nylanderia luteafra

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Nylanderia luteafra
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Nylanderia
Species: N. luteafra
Binomial name
Nylanderia luteafra
LaPolla & Fisher, 2011

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Specimen Labels

The type specimens were collected in coastal lowland rainforest.


LaPolla et al. (2011) - Overall yellow in color with contrasting, darker, erect setae and a conspicuously domed propodeum.

Compare with: Nylanderia incallida and Nylanderia usambarica

The only species N. luteafra easily might be confused with are N. incallida, which has different mesosomal macrosetae (thinner, lighter, and longer), and N. usambarica, which has a much higher PSC and lacks a domed propodeal dorsum. The darker macrosetae contrast strongly with the yellow cuticle, a character state seen only in one other species, N. usambarica, but these two species can be separated by the characters noted above.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 3.65° to -2.283333333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Cameroun, Gabon (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.


Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




Images from AntWeb

Nylanderia luteafra casent0317040 h 1 high.jpgNylanderia luteafra casent0317040 p 1 high.jpgNylanderia luteafra casent0317040 d 1 high.jpgNylanderia luteafra casent0317040 l 1 high.jpg
Paratype of Nylanderia luteafraWorker. Specimen code casent0317040. Photographer Estella Ortega, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by CAS, San Francisco, CA, USA.

The queen and male castes are currently unknown for this species.


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

  • luteafra. Nylanderia luteafra LaPolla & Fisher, in LaPolla, Hawkes & Fisher, 2011: 20, figs. 34-36, 80 (w.) GABON.

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



Measurements (n = 4): TL: 2.3–2.8; HW: 0.54–0.65; HL: 0.66 = 0.74; EL: 0.13–0.16; SL: 0.83–0.89; PW: 0.39–0.44; WL: 0.87–1.0; GL:0.81–1.04

Indices: CI: 81–89; REL: 21–22; SI: 137–155

Overall yellow to brownish-yellow, with darker, erect macrosetae across body; cuticle shining, rugulose on head, mesonotum (on some specimens, pronotum is slightly rugulose), and propodeum. Posterior margin of head with rounded posterolateral corners, slightly emarginate medially. Scapes surpass posterior margin by about length of the first 3–3.5 funicular segments; scape with erect setae and abundant appressed to decumbent pubescence (SMC = 24–31). Mesosoma with erect macrosetae of varying lengths (PMC = 2–4; MMC = 2–3); in profile, pronotum with linear rise towards mesonotum; metanotal area elongate; dorsal face of propodeum dome-like, slightly lower to about the same height as mesonotum; dorsal face and declivitous face about the same length. Gaster shining, with abundant erect macrosetae.

Paratype Specimen Labels

Type Material

Holotype worker, GABON: Ogooue-Maritime: Reserve de la Moukalaba-Dougoua, 12.2 km 305 NW Doussala, 02°17'00" S, 010°29'50" E, elev. 110 m, 26.ii.2000 (S. van Noort) (California Academy of Sciences) (CASENT0179584); 1 paratype worker with same label data as holotype except date: 29.ii.2000; 1 paratype worker with same label data as holotype except coordinates are: 02°17'00" S, 010°29'83" E (CASC, National Museum of Natural History)


The species epithet luteafra is a combination of luteus (L. = yellow) and afra (L. = Africa).


  • LaPolla, J.S., Hawkes, P.G. & Fisher, B.L. (2011) Monograph of Nylanderia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the World, Part I: Nylanderia in the Afrotropics. Zootaxa 3110: 10–36.

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • LaPolla J. S.; P.G. Hawkes, and B.L. Fisher. 2011. Monograph of Nylanderia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the World, Part I: Nylanderia in the Afrotropics. Zootaxa 3110: 10-36.