Dolichoderus affinis

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Dolichoderus affinis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Tribe: Dolichoderini
Genus: Dolichoderus
Species: D. affinis
Binomial name
Dolichoderus affinis
Emery, 1889

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Specimen Labels


Viehmeyer 1916: 141 - Malay Peninsula: beneath the bark of a branch of a dead tree; Le Pelley 1943: 79 - Philippines and Java: trophobiosis with Planococcus lilacinus (Cockerell) (Pseudococciclae); Manmohini Devi et al. 1987: 104 - India: trophobiosis with the aphids, Greenidea formosana heeri Raychaudhuri and Aphis gossypii Glover. Dill 2002 - often in trophobiotic associations with different pseudococcids, aphids (e. g. Pseudoregma sp.) and membracids [e.g. Ebhul varius (Walker)]; polygynous, nest in hollow, dead tree branch.


Dill (2002) - Morphologically near Dolichoderus thoracicus except for posterior margin of ascending dorsal face of propodeum more sharply edged and, in profile, distinctly overhanging the concavely curved declivity. Regarding this character, the affinis workers somewhat resemble those of Dolichoderus pilinomas of the Dolichoderus cuspidatus group. However, the propodeum of the latter rises distinctly higher.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Malay Peninsula: polygynous; keeping aphids; nest in bamboo internodes and underneath loose bark; exuviae of Microdon pupae (Diptera: Syrphidae) in one nest; queens orientate towards light. As reported by Viehmeyer 1916 for the synonym D. affinis nigricans.




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

  • affinis. Dolichoderus affinis Emery, 1889b: 508, pl. 11, fig. 20 (w.) MYANMAR. Viehmeyer, 1916a: 141 (q.). Combination in D. (Hypoclinea): Emery, 1894c: 229. Senior synonym of nigricans: Xu, 1995a: 36. Current subspecies: nominal plus glabripes, mus.
  • nigricans. Dolichoderus affinis var. nigricans Emery, 1895k: 474 (w.) MYANMAR. Junior synonym of affinis: Xu, 1995a: 36.