Nylanderia guanyin

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Nylanderia guanyin
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Nylanderia
Species: N. guanyin
Binomial name
Nylanderia guanyin
(Terayama, 2009)

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Nylanderia guanyin top (www.niaes.affrc.go.jp).jpg

Specimen labels

A high mountain species distributed at about 3,000 m in altitude. (Terayama 2009)


Terayama (2009) - Separated from Nylanderia ryukyuensis, Nylanderia flavipes, and Nylanderia yaeyamensis by the jet black body color.


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Taiwan (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • guanyin. Paratrechina guanyin Terayama, 2009: 211, fig. 328 (w.) TAIWAN.
    • Combination in Nylanderia: Williams & LaPolla, 2016: 248.

Type Material

Holotype. Worker, Tayulin (3,000 m asl), Nantou Pref., 20-21. ix. 1997, Sk. Yamane leg. Paratype. 1 w, same date as the holotype. NIAES

Taxonomic Notes

This species was described before LaPolla et al. (2010a) revived Nylanderia and was never formally moved to the appropriate genus. It has morphological features consistent with other Nylanderia species, including anteriorly placed compound eyes, 6 teeth on the masticatory margin of the mandibles, deep and complete mesosomal sutures, and abundant thick and erect macrosetae. (Williams & LaPolla, 2016: 248)

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



Holotype. HL 0.59, HW 0.53, SL 0.76, WL 0.75, PL 0.13, PH 0.20, DPW 0.13, TL 2.0.

Head 1.11 times as long as wide, with even concave posterior margin and convex sides in full face view; posterolateral corner round, not forming distinct angle; frons and vertex smooth and shining. Mandible with 6 teeth. Antenna relatively long; scape exceeding posterior margin of head by 2/5 its length, with several long erect or suberect hairs; 3rd to 5th segment each longer than wide. Eye 0.14 mm in maximum diameter.

Pronotum smooth and shining, with 2 pairs of erect hairs; mesonotum smooth and shining, with 2 pairs of erect hairs; the longest hair ca. 0.10 mm long; metanotal groove incised dorsally; propodeum with convex dorsal margin; posterodorsal corner well convex, posterior margin steep and straight. Petiolar node thin and high.

Gaster smooth and shining.

Color. Body jet black; mandible, antenna and legs yellowish brown.


The specific epithet is the Chinese noun Guanyin, which is the name of a Taiwanese goddess.