Diacamma palawanicum

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Diacamma palawanicum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Diacamma
Species: D. palawanicum
Binomial name
Diacamma palawanicum
Emery, 1900

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Specimen Labels

Only known from the island of Palawan. The exact type locality is unknown. A non-type specimen was collected from the center of the island.

At a Glance • Gamergate  


Laciny et al. (2015) - Large, slender species (TL ca. 14 mm). Trunk chiefly black, appearing grey by dense whitish pilosity. Trunk strongly striate from genae to petiole. Posterior of head longitudinally striate until hind margin; occipital margin moderately wide, laminate, ventrally short, terminating in small, acute teeth. Clypeus entirely punctured. Pronotum longitudinally striate. Striation on mesosoma sides slightly oblique. Petiole stout, its teeth long and far apart; subpetiolar process laterally and medially carinate, very densely and evenly pilose, in lateral aspect with concave outline, anterior corner much longer than posterior one. Gaster tergite 1 with extremely fine puncturation.


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 9.5275° to 9.5275°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Philippines (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • palawanicum. Diacamma palawanicum Emery, 1900d: 666 (footnote) (w.) PHILIPPINES.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Laciny et al. (2015) - (n = 1): TL 13.96; HW 2.32; HL 3.20; EL 0.64; SL 3.75; PH 2.00; PL 1.40; PW 1.30; SpD 0.90; SpL 0.58; WL 4.76; MTL 2.90. Indices: CI 72; SI 162; PI 70; SpDI 70; SpLI 45; EI 27.

Structures: Head elongated; sides parallel in front of eyes, strongly convex behind eyes. Eyes comparatively small. Very coarse rugae present from genae to petiole. Posterior of eyes, longitudinal rugae perpendicular to occipital margin. Occipital margin about as wide as one ruga, slightly laminate, ventrally short, terminating in small, acute teeth in lateral aspect. Clypeus with very fine puncturation, shiny, a very fine striation at base absent (syntype) or hardly recognizable; apex narrowly rounded. Mandibles with some fine striation. Pronotum with longitudinal rugae. Striation on mesosoma sides slightly oblique. Posterior face of propodeum separated from sides by distinct carinae. Petiole stout, with very coarse striation and with rather long, slender spines. Subpetiolar process very distinctive: in lateral aspect with strongly concave outline, anterior tooth much longer than posterior one; in ventral view appearing arrow-shaped, sides and mid-line sharply carinate in anterior two thirds; pilosity of short standing setae very even (not visible in the type). Gaster tergite 1 as the following tergites with very fine puncturation.

Pilosity: Standing setae on trunk mostly short, but those on vertex, underside of head, and dorsum of petiole longer. Short appressed pilosity abundant, but more scarce on dorsum of head and pronotum, giving the specimen a grey appearance. Standing setae on scape and legs also short.

Colour: Trunk black, without metallic shimmer; on gaster posterior margins of tergites and apex more or less brown. Antennae black. Mandibles and most parts of legs dark reddish brown; forecoxa black, tarsi strongly infuscated.

Type Material

Laciny et al. (2015) - 1 syntype (worker, Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Genoa, CASENT0903865), labelled “Palawan 1898. Doherty ex coll. Fruhstorfer”, “Typus”, “Diacamma palawanicum Emery”


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Emery, C.. "Formiche raccolte da Elio Modigliani in Sumatra, Engano e Mentawei." Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria (Genova) (2) 20, no. 40 (1900): 661-722.