Dolichoderus laminatus

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

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Specimen Labels



Color black with orange legs; generally devoid of erect setae; mesonotum in dorsal view about as long as wide (rather than wider than long) (Jack Longino).


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 11.33333333° to -3.10194°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil, Colombia (type locality), Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Suriname, Venezuela.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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MacKay (1993): Nests are found under bark of trees, especially Leuhea sp. and Bombacopsis sp. (Swain, 1977), and are frequently found in arboreal termitaries of Nasutitermes ephratae (Wheeler, 1936; Lattke, 1986; Swain, 1977). They also nest in Cattleya. This species is common along rivers in Costa Rica; one nest had 1000+ workers, 168 males, 28 alate females and one dealate female (Swain, 1977). Colonies may be polydomic (Swain, 1977). Workers are nocturnal and forage in the canopy of the tropical forest. This species is not aggressive and does not have the "tapinoma" odor of many of the other species in the genus.

To this I can add very little. I know the species only from scattered workers, usually in treefalls, from Corcovado National Park, Carara Biological Reserve, and just below Guacimal on the road to Monteverde (Jack Longino).




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

  • laminatus. Hypoclinea laminata Mayr, 1870a: 389, fig. 8 (w.) COLOMBIA. [Also described as new by Mayr, 1870b: 956 (in key).] Forel, 1899c: 99 (q.); Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1951: 177 (l.). Combination in Dolichoderus: Emery, 1890a: 70; in D. (Monacis): Emery, 1894c: 228; in Monacis: Kempf, 1959b: 259; in Dolichoderus: Shattuck, 1992c: 77. Senior synonym of luteiventris: Kempf, 1959b: 259. See also: Mackay, 1993b: 66.
  • luteiventris. Dolichoderus (Monacis) laminatus subsp. luteiventris Emery, 1894c: 232 (w.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of laminatus: Kempf, 1959b: 259.



  • Emery, C. 1890a [1889]. Alcune considerazioni sulla fauna mirmecologica dell'Africa. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 21: 69-75 (page 70, Combination in Dolichoderus)
  • Emery, C. 1894d. Studi sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. VI-XVI. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 26: 137-241 (page 228, Combination in D. (Monacis))
  • Forel, A. 1899f. Formicidae. [part]. Biol. Cent.-Am. Hym. 3: 81-104 (page 99, queen described)
  • Kempf, W. W. 1959c. A revision of the Neotropical ant genus Monacis Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Stud. Entomol. (n.s.) 2: 225-270 (page 259, Combination in Monacis)
  • Kempf, W. W. 1959c. A revision of the Neotropical ant genus Monacis Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Stud. Entomol. (n.s.) 2: 225-270 (page 259, senior synonym of lueiventris)
  • Mackay, W. P. 1993b. A review of the New World ants of the genus Dolichoderus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 22: 1-148 (page 66, see also)
  • Mayr, G. 1870a. Formicidae novogranadenses. Sitzungsber. Kais. Akad. Wiss. Wien Math.-Naturwiss. Cl. Abt. I 61: 370-417 (page 389, fig. 8 worker described)
  • Mayr, G. 1870b. Neue Formiciden. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 20: 939-996 (page 956, also described as new)
  • Shattuck, S. O. 1992c. Generic revision of the ant subfamily Dolichoderinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 21: 1-181 (page 77, Combination in Dolichoderus)
  • Wang, C., Lin, C.-C., Keller, R.A., Billen, J. 2021. The ‘hairwheels’ in Strumigenys ants are not glandular. Asian Myrmecology 13: e013004 (doi:10.20362/am.013004).
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1951. The ant larvae of the subfamily Dolichoderinae. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 53: 169-210 (page 177, larva described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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  • Kempf W. W. 1972. A new species of the dolichoderine ant genus Monacis Roger, from the Amazon, with further remarks on the genus (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Revista Brasileira de Biologia 32: 251-254.
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Mackay, W.P. 1993. A review of the New World ants of the genus Dolichoderus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 22(1):1-148
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