(Wang, W., 1997)
A worker of this species was collected from a rainforest litter sample.
Williams and LaPolla (2016) - This species has deep and complete mesonotal and metanotal sutures, anteriorly-placed eyes, and macrosetae with thick setal bases all of which are characteristic of Nylanderia. Nylanderia flaviabdominis bears a strong morphological resemblance to Nylanderia emmae and has a similar distribution, but can be distinguished from N. emmae by its rectangular head shape with rounded posterolateral corners, dark orange-brown coloration, dark macrosetae, and rugoreticulation instead of longitudinal striations on the propodeum. Like Nylanderia emmae, this species was likely thought to be a Prenolepis because its elongate mesosoma appears to be constricted. Both of these species however do not have the depression in the dorsal surface of the mesonotum that is seen in Prenolepis species.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
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Zhu and Wang (2014) found this species was an important disperser of "Corydalis wilfordii and C. racemosa (Papaveraceae) seeds in a subtropical evergreen forest at the Jiugongshan mountain (Hubei Province, China). The seed size of C. wilfordii is larger than that of C. racemosa, while the elaiosome/seed mass ratio of C. wilfordii is greater than that of C. racemosa. Being the mutual ant dispersers of the two Corydalis taxa, Pristomyrmex pungens (=Pristomyrmex punctatus) (with mass recruitment mode, i.e. to recruit a large number of ants to remove seeds when one ant found seed) and Prenolepis sphingthorax (=Nylanderia flaviabdominis) (with simple cooperative recruitmen mode, i.e. to recruit 5-30 ants to remove seeds when one ant found seed) played a varied role in seed dispersal of two plants. Prenolepis sphingthorax carried all seeds of the C. wilfordii to nests, with the average dispersal distance of 0.45 m and the removal number of seeds per hour of 7.3. Both Pristomyrmex pungens and Prenolepis sphingthorax carried the all seeds of C. racemosa to the nests, with the average dispersal distance of 6.27 m and 6.65 m, and removal number of seeds per hour of 34.2 and 10.6 respectively. The results suggested that seed removal rate of ant with mass recruitment was higher than that of ant with simple cooperative recruitment. The seed dispersal distance and short-term seed fate differed between the two studied plants, depending on ant foraging strategies and behavior and seed characteristics."
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- flaviabdominis. Prenolepis flaviabdominis Wang, 1997: 87, figs. 1, 2 (w.) CHINA.
- Combination in Nylanderia: Williams & LaPolla, 2016: 246.
- Senior synonym of flaviabdominis: Williams & LaPolla, 2016: 246.
- sphingthoraxa. Prenolepis sphingthoraxa Zhou & Zheng, 1998a: 42, figs. 1, 2 (w.) CHINA.
- Status as species: Zhou, 2001b: 170.
- Junior synonym of flaviabdominis: Williams & LaPolla, 2016: 246.
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=4): CMC: 30–31; EL: 0.20–0.24; EW: 0.16–0.17; HL: 0.83–0.92; HLA: 0.37–0.42; HLP: 0.36–0.44; HW: 0.67–0.83; IOD: 0.44–0.47; LF1: 0.22–0.24; LF2: 0.11–0.13; LHT: 1.30–1.32; MMC: 2–3; MTW: 0.45–0.48; MW: 0.29–0.35; PDH: 0.35–0.38; PMC: 2–3; PrCL: 0.59–0.64; PrCW: 0.32–0.35; PrFL: 1.03–1.30; PrFW: 0.21–0.24; PTH: 0.38; PTL: 0.33–0.35; PTW: 0.21–0.24; PW: 0.51– 0.57; SL: 1.32–1.36; TL: 3.26–3.77; WF1: 0.07–0.08; WF2: 0.07; WL: 1.38–1.54; BLI: 184–206; CI: 81–90; EPI: 91–103; FLI: 178–205; HTI: 176–196; PetHI: 101–102; PetWI: 63–69; PrCI: 54–56; PrFI: 18–21; REL: 24–28; REL2: 28–35; REL3: 45–50; SI: 164–196.
Medium to dark orange-brown; cuticle of head finely reticulate; cuticle of pronotum smooth and shiny; cuticle of mesonotum, metanotum, mesopleura, and propodeum rugoreticulate; long, erect macrosetae with thick setal bases on head, pronotum, mesonotum, gaster, and legs; erect setae on scapes; macrosetae darker in color than rest of the cuticle; light, decumbent hairs on the dorsal face of the propodeum; head longer than broad and rectangular in shape with rounded posterolateral corners and a slight medial concavity in the posterior margin; compound eyes are positioned anterior to the midline of the head (EPI < 100); compound eyes are moderately sized and convex, but do not surpass the lateral margins of the head in full-face view; mandibles with 6 teeth on the masticatory margin; cuticle of ectal surface of mandibles smooth and shiny; mesosoma is gracile; in profile view the dorsal surface of the mesonotum is flat and elongate; in profile view, propodeum is highly domed with a rounded dorsal face; dorsal apex of petiole scale is sharply angled and forward-inclined; mesonotal and metanotal sutures are deep and complete.
Williams and LaPolla (2016) - Holotype worker, China: Hubei Province, Lichuan City, 29°42.23’N 108°21.21’E, 103.6m, 8.viii.1993 (School of Biological Science and Technology) [examined].
- Wang, W. 1997. A new species of the genus Prenolepis Mayr from Hubei Province (Hymenoptera Formicidae). Journal of Hubei Institute for Nationalities (Natural Science Edition) 15(6)87-88.
- Williams, J. L. and J. S. LaPolla. 2016. Taxonomic revision and phylogeny of the ant genus Prenolepis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). 4200(2):201–258. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4200.2.1
- Zhu, Y. & Wang, D. (2014). Seed dispersal of Corydalis wilfordii and C. racemosa (Papaveraceae): effect of ant foraging and behavior and seed characteristics. Acta Ecologica Sinica, 34: 4938-4942. (In Chinese with English abstract). doi:10.5846/stxb201301010005