Linepithema piliferum

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Linepithema piliferum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Linepithema
Species: L. piliferum
Binomial name
Linepithema piliferum
(Mayr, 1870)

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Specimen labels

Colombian specimens of Linepithema piliferum have been found in plantations of Eucalyptus, beans, coffee, pine, oak, and urapán (Fraxinus chinensis Roxburgh), as well as in mixed Andean forest, paddocks, forest fragments, forest edges, living fences, pastures, and glens (Escarraga & Guerrero, 2016).


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Colombia (type locality), Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela.

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Distribution based on specimens

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The above specimen data are provided by AntWeb. Please see Linepithema piliferum for further details




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

  • piliferum. Hypoclinea pilifera Mayr, 1870a: 393 (w.q.) COLOMBIA. Crozier, 1970: 113 (k.). Wild, 2007a: 103 (m.). Combination in Iridomyrmex: Dalla Torre, 1893: 169; in Linepithema: Shattuck, 1992a: 16.



  • Crozier, R. H. 1970a. Karyotypes of twenty-one ant species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), with reviews of the known ant karyotypes. Can. J. Genet. Cytol. 12: 109-128 (page 113, karyotype described)
  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 169, Combination in Iridomyrmex)
  • Escarraga, M., Guerrero, R.J. 2016. The ant genus Linepithema (Formicidae Dolichoderinae) in Colombia. Zootaxa 4208: 446–458 (DOI 10.11646/zootaxa.4208.5.3).
  • Mayr, G. 1870a. Formicidae novogranadenses. Sitzungsber. Kais. Akad. Wiss. Wien Math.-Naturwiss. Cl. Abt. I 61: 370-417 (page 393, worker, queen described)
  • Shattuck, S. O. 1992a. Review of the dolichoderine ant genus Iridomyrmex Mayr with descriptions of three new genera (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Aust. Entomol. Soc. 31: 13-18 (page 16, Combination in Linepithema)