Dolichoderus attelaboides

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Dolichoderus attelaboides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Tribe: Dolichoderini
Genus: Dolichoderus
Species: D. attelaboides
Binomial name
Dolichoderus attelaboides
(Fabricius, 1775)

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Specimen Label




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia, Brazil (type locality), Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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This taxon is a host for the fungi Ophiocordyceps cucumispora var. dolichoderi and Ophiocordyceps kniphofioides var. dolichoderi (Evans & Samson 1982; Shrestha et al., 2017).



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

  • attelaboides. Formica attelaboides Fabricius, 1775: 394 (w.) BRAZIL. Smith, F. 1858b: 75 (q.m.); Mayr, 1865: 59 (m.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1951: 178 (l.). Combination in Dolichoderus: Lund, 1831a: 130. Senior synonym of pulla: Kempf, 1969: 289; of heterogaster, imbecillus: Mackay, 1993b: 35. See also: Shattuck, 1994: 42.
  • imbecillus. Dolichoderus (Dolichoderus) imbecillus Mann, 1916: 459, pl. 2, fig. 18 (w.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of attelaboides: Mackay, 1993b: 35.
  • heterogaster. Dolichoderus imbecillus var. heterogaster Santschi, 1923c: 269 (w.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of attelaboides: Mackay, 1993b: 35.
  • pulla. Dolichoderus attelaboides var. pulla Santschi, 1923c: 269 (w.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of attelaboides: Kempf, 1969: 289.



  • 2n = 38, karyotype = 2M+50SM+6A (Brazil) (Santos et al., 2016).


  • Fabricius, J. C. 1775. Systema entomologiae, sistens insectorum classes, ordines, genera, species adiectis synonymis, locis, descriptionibus, observationibus. Flensburgi et Lipsiae [= Flensburg and Leipzig]: Korte, 832 pp. (page 394, worker described)
  • Kempf, W. W. 1969. Miscellaneous studies on Neotropical ants. V. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Stud. Entomol. 12: 273-296 (page 289, Senior synonym of pulla)
  • Lund, A. W. 1831a. Lettre sur les habitudes de quelques fourmis du Brésil, adressée à M. Audouin. Ann. Sci. Nat. 23: 113-138 (page 130, Combination in Dolichoderus)
  • MacKay, W. P. 1993b. A review of the New World ants of the genus Dolichoderus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 22: 1-148 (page 35, Senior synonym of heterogaster and imbecillus)
  • Mayr, G. 1865. Formicidae. In: Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte "Novara" um die Erde in den Jahren 1857, 1858, 1859. Zoologischer Theil. Bd. II. Abt. 1. Wien: K. Gerold's Sohn, 119 pp. (page 59, male described)
  • Santos, I.S., Mariano, C.S.F., Delabie, J.H.C., Costa, M.A., Carvalho, A.F., Silva, J.G. 2016. "Much more than a neck": karyotype differentiation between Dolichoderus attelaboides (FABRICIUS, 1775) and Dolichoderus decollatus F. SMITH, 1858 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and karyotypic diversity of five other Neotropical species of Dolichoderus LUND, 1831. Myrmecological News 23: 61-69.
  • 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 42, see also)
  • Shrestha B, Tanaka E, Hyun MW, Han JG, Kim CS, Jo JW, Han SK, Oh J, Sung JM, Sung GH. 2017. Mycosphere Essay 19. Cordyceps species parasitizing hymenopteran and hemipteran insects. Mycosphere 8(9): 1424–1442 (DOI 10.5943/mycosphere/8/9/8).
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 75, queen, male described)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1951. The ant larvae of the subfamily Dolichoderinae. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 53: 169-210 (page 178, larva described)