Prolasius wheeleri

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Prolasius wheeleri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Melophorini
Genus: Prolasius
Species: P. wheeleri
Binomial name
Prolasius wheeleri
McAreavey, 1947

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Specimen Labels


Commonly found in both the Darling Range and the Swan coastal plain. Workers have been collected in intercept traps on Wandoo and Powderbark Wandoo trunks at Dryandra (Heterick 2009).


Heterick (2009) - A large medium-brown to blackish species in which the cuticle is dull, and stout setae occur on the pronotum and, in some populations, the mesonotum. Workers collected in coastal woodlands growing on white sand in the lower west coast and south-west districts tend to be darker and hairier than those collected in the thicker forests of the Darling range.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (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.

  • wheeleri. Prolasius wheeleri McAreavey, 1947: 22 (w.) AUSTRALIA.
  • reticulata. Prolasius reticulata McAreavey, 1947: 22, pl. 1, figs. 14, 15 (w.) AUSTRALIA.
    • Junior synonym of wheeleri: Heterick, 2021: 18.

Type Material



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Heterick B. E. 2009. A guide to the ants of south-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 76: 1-206. 
  • McAreavey J. 1947. New species of the genera Prolasius Forel and Melophorus Lubbock (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Memoirs of the National Museum of Victoria 15: 7-27.