Dolichoderus lamellosus

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Dolichoderus lamellosus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Tribe: Dolichoderini
Genus: Dolichoderus
Species: D. lamellosus
Binomial name
Dolichoderus lamellosus
(Mayr, 1870)

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  • Nest of Dolichoderus lamellosus observed at Santa Rosa National Park, 13 July 1985. Photo by Jack Longino.
  • Same nest Photo by Jack Longino.


Color black with some orange on the legs; generally devoid of erect setae; mesonotum in dorsal view wider than long. Similar to Dolichoderus laminatus. (Jack Longino)


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 18.5851° to -22.908°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia (type locality), Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Honduras, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela.

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.


MacKay (1993): Swain (1977) reported on the biology of this species. These ants are often found on trunks and in canopies of tropical trees, especially mango trees, and are often together with workers of Dolichoderus bispinosus. Workers are primarily active at night. They seem to be most common in riparian sites and areas with waterlogged soils where few other ant species occur. Nests are found in and under bark of trees (Lattke, 1986), especially of wild cashew or espavé (Anacardium excelsum, pers. obs.), and in hollow stems, at a height of 0.5 - 25 meters. The nest may be constructed of fine carton. Nests are apparently monogynous and populations are not known to exceed 80 workers. They also nest in bromeliads, among roots of orchids and in abandoned moth cocoons, often together with D. bispinosus. Works move rapidly, but are relatively non-aggressive when disturbed and dedicate themselves to rescue brood instead of defend the nest. Workers do not produce a dolichoderine odor. Females are attracted to lights.

The species is a low density element of the La Selva canopy fauna, and D. bispinosus does not occur there, so any association with C. bispinosus is facultative. I have observed nests of D. lamellosus twice. Once was in the dry forest habitat of Santa Rosa National Park. I was collecting at night along the nature trail near the Casona. I found a very cryptic nest in an elliptical depression in a broad tree trunk. The nest was about 10cm long and completely covered with a smooth expanse of fine carton construction. I spotted the nest because an aggregation of workers and a few alate queens were standing on the outer surface of the carton, possibly due to a nuptial flight. Inside the nest there were some larger brood and workers but no small brood or queen, suggesting that this was just a colony fragment and more were nesting elsewhere. The second nest was in the Santa Marta area of Colombia, where workers and brood were scattered throughout an abandoned termite nest in the fork of a small tree. (Jack Longino).



Images from AntWeb

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Worker. Specimen code casent0173838. Photographer April Nobile, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by ALWC, Alex L. Wild Collection.


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

  • lamellosus. Hypoclinea lamellosa Mayr, 1870a: 390 (q.) COLOMBIA. Emery, 1894c: 233 (w.); Kempf, 1959b: 264 (m.). Combination in Dolichoderus: Emery, 1890a: 70; in D. (Monacis): Emery, 1894c: 228; in Monacis: Kempf, 1959b: 263; in Dolichoderus: Shattuck, 1992c: 77. Senior synonym of missionensis: Kempf, 1959b: 263. See also: Mackay, 1993b: 65.
  • missionensis. Dolichoderus (Monacis) lamellosa var. missionensis Santschi, 1916e: 390, fig. (w.) ARGENTINA. Subspecies of schulzi: Santschi, 1923c: 269. Junior synonym of lamellosus: Kempf, 1959b: 263.



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