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Prolasius nitidissimus casent0172170 profile 1.jpg
P. nitidissimus worker from Tasmania, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Prolasius
Forel, 1892
Type species
Formica advena
19 species

Prolasius is a genus of ants in the subfamily Formicinae.[2] Of the genus' 19 species, 18 are known from Australia (one of which is also found in Papua New Guinea) and one from New Zealand. They nest in soil under rocks or logs, sometimes in trees.[3]



  1. ^ Bolton, B. (2014). "Prolasius". AntCat. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Genus: Prolasius". AntWeb. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Shattuck, S. (2000). Australian Ants: Their Biology and Identification. CSIRO Publishing. pp. 110–111. ISBN 978-0-643-06659-5. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Prolasius at Wikimedia Commons