Nylanderia guatemalensis

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Nylanderia guatemalensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Nylanderia
Species: N. guatemalensis
Binomial name
Nylanderia guatemalensis
(Forel, 1885)

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Specimen labels


In Florida, where this Central American species has been introduced, it is found in mesic disturbed areas and can also invade relatively undisturbed hammocks. Nests are usually in leaf litter.


Identification Keys including this Taxon


This species has been introduced into Florida, where it is a common species in Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties, and less common farther north to Hillsborough and Indian River counties. Pest status: occasionally a minor nuisance in outdoor eating areas, rarely enters buildings in numbers. First published Florida record: Trager 1984. (Deyrup, Davis & Cover, 2000.)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: United States.
Neotropical Region: Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Greater Antilles, Guatemala (type locality), Haiti, Lesser Antilles, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago.

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.

  • guatemalensis. Prenolepis vividula var. guatemalensis Forel, 1885a: 348 (w.q.) GUATEMALA. Wheeler, W.M. 1905f: 392 (m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1986d: 336 (l.). Combination in Pr. (Nylanderia): Forel, 1912i: 66; in Paratrechina (Nylanderia): Emery, 1925b: 223; in Nylanderia: Kempf, 1972a: 167; in Paratrechina: Trager, 1984b: 139; in Nylanderia: LaPolla, Brady & Shattuck, 2010a: 127. Subspecies of vividula: Forel, 1912i: 66; Wheeler, W.M. 1924a: 111. Raised to species: Forel, 1893g: 340; Forel, 1902b: 178; Smith, M.R. 1954c: 14; Trager, 1984b: 139. Senior synonym of antillana: Kallal & LaPolla, 2012: 41. Current subspecies: nominal plus cocoensis, itinerans.
  • antillana. Prenolepis guatemalensis r. antillana Forel, 1893g: 340 (w.q.m.) ANTILLES. Combination in Pr. (Nylanderia): Forel, 1912i: 66; in Paratrechina (Nylanderia): Emery, 1925b: 223; in Nylanderia: Kempf, 1972a: 168; in Paratrechina: Brandão, 1991: 368; in Nylanderia: LaPolla, Brady & Shattuck, 2010a: 127. Subspecies of vividula: Forel, 1912i: 66. Junior synonym of guatemalensis: Kallal & LaPolla, 2012: 41.

Type Material



Entierement d'un jaune pale. Mesonotum microscopiquement pubescent et microscopiquement ride. Du reste comme les varietes pubescentes et jaunes de la P. vividula


est identique a celle de la P. vividula i. sp.

Type Material

Retaluleu en Guatemala (M. Stoll)


  • Deyrup, M., Davis, L. & Cover, S. 2000. Exotic ants in Florida. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 126, 293-325.
  • Emery, C. 1925d. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Formicinae. Genera Insectorum 183: 1-302 (page 223, Combination in Paratrechina (Nylanderia))
  • Forel, A. 1885a [1884]. Études myrmécologiques en 1884 avec une description des organes sensoriels des antennes. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 20: 316-380 (page 348, worker, queen described)
  • Forel, A. 1893j. Formicides de l'Antille St. Vincent, récoltées par Mons. H. H. Smith. Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. 1893: 333-418 (page 340, Raised to species)
  • Forel, A. 1902b. Quatre notices myrmécologiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 46: 170-182 (page 178, Raised to species)
  • Forel, A. 1912j. Formicides néotropiques. Part VI. 5me sous-famille Camponotinae Forel. Mém. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 20: 59-92 (page 66, Combination in Pr. (Nylanderia), Subspecies/race of vividula)
  • Kempf, W. W. 1972b. Catálogo abreviado das formigas da regia~o Neotropical. Stud. Entomol. 15: 3-344 (page 167, Combination in Nylanderia)
  • Smith, M. R. 1954c. Ants of the Bimini Island Group, Bahamas, British West Indies (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Am. Mus. Novit. 1671: 1-16 (page 14, Raised to species)
  • Trager, J. C. 1984b. A revision of the genus Paratrechina (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the continental United States. Sociobiology 9: 49-162 (page 139, Combination in Paratrechina, Raised to species)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1986d. Supplementary studies on ant larvae: Formicinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. N. Y. Entomol. Soc. 94: 331-341 (page 336, larva described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1905j. An annotated list of the ants of New Jersey. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 21: 371-403 (page 392, male described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1924b. The Formicidae of the Harrison Williams Galapagos Expedition. Zoologica (N. Y.) 5: 101-122 (page 111, Subspecies/race of vividula)