Dolichoderus curvilobus

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Dolichoderus curvilobus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Tribe: Dolichoderini
Genus: Dolichoderus
Species: D. curvilobus
Binomial name
Dolichoderus curvilobus
(Lattke, 1987)

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Specimen Labels

Photo Gallery

  • Nest of Dolichoderus curvilobus, from Llorona, Corcovado National Park, 22 March 1981. Photo by Jack Longino.
  • Same nest after disturbance, with sharpie marker for scale. Photo by Jack Longino.


Color black with abundant yellow pubescence; scapes and mesosomal dorsum with abundant erect setae; dorsal and posterior faces of propodeum separated by a well-defined transverse flange; petiolar summit not transversely truncate, lateral margin continuing and tapering into spine; vertex margin weakly concave, nearly flat.

This species is morphologically very similar to Dolichoderus validus, with which it has a parapatric distribution. I have examined ten separate collections of D. curvilobus and 7 separate collections of D. validus, from scattered localities, and the head shape character is consistent.

It is also similar to Dolichoderus bispinosus. (Jack Longino)


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 17.6° to 1.426°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Jack Longino: Dolichoderus curvilobus and Dolichoderus validus have identical nesting habits, forming large carton nests of very loosely woven plant fibers.




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

  • curvilobus. Hypoclinea curviloba Lattke, 1987b: 259, fig. 1 (w.) COLOMBIA. Mackay, 1993b: 45 (q.). Combination in Dolichoderus: Shattuck, 1992c: 77.



  • Lattke, J. E. 1987b [1986]. Notes on the ant genus Hypoclinea Mayr, with descriptions of three new species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Rev. Biol. Trop. 34: 259-265 (page 259, fig. 1 worker described)
  • Mackay, W. P. 1993b. A review of the New World ants of the genus Dolichoderus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 22: 1-148 (page 45, queen described)
  • Shattuck, S. O. 1992c. Generic revision of the ant subfamily Dolichoderinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 21: 1-181 (page 77, Combination in Dolichoderus)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bustos H., J. 1994. Contribucion al conocimiento de al fauna de hormigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) del occidente del Departamento de Narino (Colombia). Bol. Mus. Ent. Univ. Valle 2(1,2):19-30
  • Dattilo W. et al. 2019. MEXICO ANTS: incidence and abundance along the Nearctic-Neotropical interface. Ecology
  • Mackay, W.P. 1993. A review of the New World ants of the genus Dolichoderus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 22(1):1-148
  • Ulloa Chacon P., M. L. Baena, J. Bustos, R. C. Aldana, J. A. Aldana, and M. A. Gamboa. 1996. Fauna de hormigas del departamento del Valle del Cauca (Colombia). Pp. 413-451. In Andrade-C M. G., G. Amat Garcia, and F. Fernandez. Insectoss de Colombia, estudios escogidos.
  • Yanoviak S. P., and M. Kaspari. 2000. Community structure and the habitat templet: ants in the tropical forest canopy and litter. Oikos 89: 259-266.