Prolasius sp., from AntWiki.

Belongs within: Melophorini.

Prolasius is an Australasian genus of ants mostly found nesting under rocks and logs.

Characters (from Heterick 2009): Clypeus bulbous; antennae twelve-segmented, sockets close to posterior margin of clypeus, scapes exceeding posterior margin of head capsule by more than one third of their length; outline of mesosoma smooth; pronotum bearing at most two pairs of closely placed stout setae; propodeal spiracle located near posterior face of propodeum; metapleural gland present.

Prolasius Forel 1892 TB85
    |–*P. advenus (Smith 1862) [=Formica advena, Melophorus (*Prolasius) advenus] TB85
    |–P. abruptus Clark 1934 TB85
    |–P. antennatus McAreavey 1947 [=P. antennata] TB85
    |–P. bruneus McAreavey 1947 [=P. brunea] TB85
    |–P. clarki MacAreavey 1947 TB85
    |–P. convexus McAreavey 1947 TB85
    |–P. depressiceps (Emery 1914) [=Melophorus depressiceps] TB85
    |    |–P. d. depressiceps TB85
    |    `–P. d. similis McAreavey 1947 TB85
    |–P. flavicornis Clark 1934 TB85
    |    |–P. f. flavicornis TB85
    |    `–P. f. minor McAreavey 1947 TB85
    |–P. flavidiscus McAreavey 1947 TB85
    |–P. hellenae McAreavey 1947 TB85
    |–P. hemiflavus Clark 1934 TB85
    |    |–P. h. hemiflavus TB85
    |    `–P. h. wilsoni McAreavey 1947 TB85
    |–P. mjoebergella (Forel in Santschi 1916) (see below for synonymy) TB85
    |–P. niger Clark 1934 TB85
    |–P. nigriventris McAreavey 1947 TB85
    |–P. nitidissimus (André 1896) [=Formica nitidissima] TB85
    |    |–P. n. nitidissimus TB85
    |    `–P. n. formicoides (Forel 1902) [=Melophorus formicoides] TB85
    |–P. pallidus Clark 1934 TB85
    |–P. quadratus McAreavey 1947 [=P. quadrata] TB85
    |–P. reticulatus McAreavey 1947 TB85 [=P. reticulata TB85; incl. P. wheeleri McAreavey 1947 H09, TB85]
    `–P. robustus McAreavey 1947 TB85

Prolasius mjoebergella (Forel in Santschi 1916) [=Prenolepis mjobergella, Pre. mjobergi Forel 1915 non P. vividula mjobergi Forel 1908] TB85

*Type species of generic name indicated


[H09] Heterick, B. E. 2009. A guide to the ants of south-western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 76: 1–206.

[TB85] Taylor, R. W., & D. R. Brown. 1985. Formicoidea. In: Walton, D. W. (ed.) Zoological Catalogue of Australia vol. 2. Hymenoptera: Formicoidea, Vespoidea and Sphecoidea pp. 1–149. Australian Government Publishing Service: Canberra.

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