Prenolepis jacobsoni

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Prenolepis jacobsoni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Prenolepis
Species: P. jacobsoni
Binomial name
Prenolepis jacobsoni
Crawley, 1923

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Nothing is known about the biology of Prenolepis jacobsoni.


Williams and LaPolla (2016) - Small in overall size (TL: 2.42–2.64mm); obtusely angled propodeum with flat dorsal and posterior faces; petiole low in profile and elongate with a prominent anteroventral process.

This species has a narrow and elongate petiole (PetWI < 55) like Prenolepis darlena, Prenolepis fustinoda, Prenolepis jerdoni, and Prenolepis subopaca. In P. jacobsoni the petiole is distinct in that there is a prominent anteroventral process present and the scale has a unique shape. Prenolepis jacobsoni can also be distinguished by its smaller size, lighter color, and overall smooth cuticle.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality).
Oriental Region: Thailand.

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.

  • jacobsoni. Prenolepis jacobsoni Crawley, 1923a: 30 (w.) INDONESIA (Sumatra).

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=2): CMC: 10–14; EL: 0.21; EW: 0.17; HL: 0.61–0.66; HLA: 0.32– 0.34; HLP: 0.19; HW: 0.57–0.58; IOD: 0.44; LF1: 0.17; LF2: 0.11; LHT: 0.83–0.84; MMC: 2; MTW: 0.35–0.37; MW: 0.22; PDH: 0.26–0.27; PMC: 1–3; PrCL: 0.38–0.40; PrCW: 0.21; PrFL: 0.68–0.70; PrFW: 0.15–0.16; PTH: 0.21; PTL: 0.37–0.41; PTW: 0.19–0.22; PW: 0.43–0.44; SL: 0.86–0.92; TL: 2.42–2.64; WF1: 0.06; WF2: 0.05; WL: 0.88–0.89; BLI: 172–175; CI: 87–94; EPI: 172–175; FLI: 153; HTI: 145; PetHI: 79–81; PetWI: 53; PrCI: 52– 55; PrFI: 22; REL: 32–35; REL2: 37; REL3: 48–49; SI: 150–159.

Light to medium brown; cuticle of head, pronotum, mesopleuron, and gaster smooth and shiny; cuticle between metanotal spiracles rugoreticulate; very long, erect macrosetae on head and gaster; abundant decumbent setae on scapes and legs; sparse erect macrosetae on mesosoma; no erect macrosetae on the propodeum; head about as broad as long or slightly longer than broad and oval in shape with indistinct posterolateral corners and a convex posterior margin; compound eyes moderately large and convex, barely surpassing the lateral margins of the head in full-face view; torulae do not touch the posterior border of the clypeus; clypeus strongly medially convex and without prominent anterolateral lobes; mandibles with 6 teeth on the masticatory margin; ectal surface of mandibles smooth and shiny; in profile view, propodeum is obtusely angled with a flat dorsal face; petiole is narrow and elongate (PetWI < 55) with a prominent anteroventral process; scale of petiole is low in profile with a rounded dorsal apex of the scale.

Type Material

  • Neotype (designated by Williams & LaPolla, 2016: 227), worker, West Sumatra, Maninjau, Indonesia, 07–09 August 1985, USNMENT00755101, National Museum of Natural History.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was described by Crawley (1923) from a single worker specimen, but the type material is missing. In the interest of nomenclatural stability a neotype from the original type locality was designated by Williams & LaPolla (2016).


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Chapman, J. W., and Capco, S. R. 1951. Check list of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Asia. Monogr. Inst. Sci. Technol. Manila 1: 1-327
  • Crawley W. C. 1923. Myrmecological notes. Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation 35: 29-32.
  • Crawley W.C. 1924. Ants from Sumatra, with biological notes by Edward Jacobson. Annals and Magazine of Natural History (9)13: 380-409
  • Jaitrong W.; Nabhitabhata, J. 2005. A list of known ant species of Thailand. The Thailand Natural History Museum Journal 1(1): 9-54.
  • Williams J. L., and J. S. LaPolla. 2016. Taxonomic revision and phylogeny of the ant genus Prenolepis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 4200: 201-258.