Ants of Hispaniola
This is the project page for the ants of the Hispaniola. This Caribbean island includes two countries: the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
- Dominican Republic species and images - The species list, with a set of representative images for each ant.
The following subfamilies have keys to the Hispaniola genera:
- Hispaniola Dolichoderinae Genera
- Hispaniola Formicinae Genera
- Hispaniola Myrmicinae Genera
- Hispaniola Ponerinae Genera
- Links to species keys for specific genera are listed and linked to on this page: Hispaniola Ant Genera
There are two data sets available:
There are a number of species in Hispaniola with a curious color pattern of a dark body with a creamy-yellow gaster. Anyone that has ever seen Tapinoma melanocephalum knows that small workers with this color pattern creates an illusion that there are tiny bright colored dots moving about the surfaces where these ants are foraging. You notice the bright gaster but it does not immediately register that those moving dots are ants. For species of ants that forage on forest soil and litter, which is often darkly colored, the gasters of the ants stand out while their bodies match to color of the substrate and are difficult to see.
These two Cephalotes species also have a similar color pattern, although these are larger ants that are typically found living arboreally.