Dolichoderus thoracicus

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Dolichoderus thoracicus
Dolichoderus thoracicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Dolichoderus
Species: D. thoracicus
Binomial name
Dolichoderus thoracicus
(Smith, F., 1860)

Dolichoderus thoracicus side view

Dolichoderus thoracicus top view

Specimen labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo, Indonesia (type locality), Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sulawesi.
Oriental Region: Cambodia, India, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam.
Palaearctic Region: China.

Distribution based on specimens

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The above specimen data are provided by AntWeb. Please see Dolichoderus thoracicus for further details


Photo © Vladimir Zryanin


Dealate queen surrounded by workers and brood. From Sakaerat, Korat province, Thailand. (Image by Christian Peeters)


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

  • thoracicus. Tapinoma thoracica Smith, F. 1860a: 69 (w.) INDONESIA (Sulawesi). Combination in Dolichoderus: Dalla Torre, 1893: 162; in D. (Hypoclinea): Emery, 1913a: 14. Senior synonym of bituberculatus (and its junior synonym sellaris): Donisthorpe, 1932c: 457; Shattuck, 1994: 70. Current subspecies: nominal plus bilikanus, borneonensis, lacciperdus, levior, nasutus, rufescens (unresolved junior homonym). See also: Shattuck, 1994: 70.
  • bituberculata. Hypoclinea bituberculata Mayr, 1862: 705 (w.) PHILIPPINES. Emery, 1887a: 254 (q.); Karavaiev, 1926d: 426 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1951: 174 (l.); Imai, Brown, et al. 1984: 68 (k.). Combination in Dolichoderus: Emery, 1887a: 254; in D. (Hypoclinea): Emery, 1894c: 229. Senior synonym of sellaris: Mayr, 1867a: 76; of emarginata: Xu, 1995a: 35. Junior synonym of thoracicus: Donisthorpe, 1932c: 457; Shattuck, 1994: 70. See also: Bingham, 1903: 295.
  • emarginata. Dolichoderus (Hypoclinea) bituberculatus var. emarginata Santschi, 1920h: 168 (w.) LAOS. [Also described as new by Santschi, 1924c: 108.] Subspecies of thoracicus: Shattuck, 1994: 70. Junior synonym of bituberculatus: Xu, 1995a: 35.
  • sellaris. Hypoclinea sellaris Roger, 1863a: 213 (w.) SINGAPORE. Junior synonym of bituberculatus: Mayr, 1867a: 76.

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Tapinoma thoracica

Two worker syntypes in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “Mak.”



  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 162, Combination in Dolichoderus)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1932c. On the identity of Smith's types of Formicidae (Hymenoptera) collected by Alfred Russell Wallace in the Malay Archipelago, with descriptions of two new species. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 10(10): 441-476 (page 457, Senior synonym of bituberculatus (and its junior synonym sellaris))
  • Emery, C. 1913a [1912]. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Dolichoderinae. Genera Insectorum 137: 1-50 (page 14, Combination in D. (Hypoclinea))
  • Shattuck, S. O. 1994. Taxonomic catalog of the ant subfamilies Aneuretinae and Dolichoderinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Univ. Calif. Publ. Entomol. 112:i-xix, 1-241. (page 70, Senior synonym of bituberculatus (and its junior synonym sellaris)
  • Smith, F. 1860a. Descriptions of new species of hymenopterous insects collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace at Celebes. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 5(17b)(suppl. to vol. 4 4: 57-93 (page 69, worker described)