Dolichoderus patens

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

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Specimen Labels


Rohe 1991 polydomous; multi-chambered carton nests on the undersurface of leaves, trophobiotic partners kept inside and outs ide these nest-pavilions; alarm communication by drumming of gaster against the substrate.


Dill (2002) - A member of the Dolichoderus sulcaticeps species group. Typically, D. patens is yellow to reddish-brown and shining, though more matt and less shining than Dolichoderus sulcaticeps. Head and alitrunk are, in addition to the fine sculpturing that is very finely reticulate to shagreened, irregularly wrinkled with scattered shallow pits; the sides of the propodeum are coarsely areolate-rugose. The gaster is sparsely to densely pubescent. D. patens patens, patens pubiventris, Dolichoderus siggii, and Dolichoderus crawleyi form a complex of species that are difficult to separate clearly. Regarding the surface sculpturing, there are clinal transitions to siggii as well as to crawleyi. Aside from the body size, crawleyi can mainly be distinguished from patens pubiventris by its coloration, and from siggii by the lesser heights of the petiolus scale. It seems to be possible that a more thorough examination will lead to the synonymization of both species with patens.


Borneo: Sarawak, Sabah. Peninsular Malaysia.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Borneo (type locality), Indonesia, Malaysia.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • patens. Hypoclinea patens Mayr, 1870b: 957 (diagnosis in key) (w.) BORNEO. Combination in Dolichoderus (Hypoclinea): Emery, 1887a: 254. Current subspecies: nominal plus pubiventris.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


Type Material

Dill (2002) - Workers, Borneo: Sarawak (Doria) (The Natural History Museum, Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève, Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Istituto di Entomologia "Guido Grandi" ) [description in key]. Syntypes.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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  • Dill M. 2002. Taxonomy of the migrating herdsmen species of the genus Dolichoderus Lund, 1831, with remarks on the systematics of other southeast-Asian Dolichoderus. Pp. 17-113 in: Dill, M.; Williams, D. J.; Maschwitz, U. 2002. Herdsmen ants and their mealybug partners. Abhandlungen der Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft 557: 1-373.
  • Dill M., D.J. Williams, and U. Maschwitz. 2002. Herdsmen ants and their mealybug partners. Abh. senckenberg. naturforsch. Ges. 557: 1-373.
  • Emery C. 1887. Catalogo delle formiche esistenti nelle collezioni del Museo Civico di Genova. Parte terza. Formiche della regione Indo-Malese e dell'Australia. [part]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 24(4): 209-258.
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  • Emery, C.. "Catalogo delle formiche esistenti nelle collezioni del Museo Civico di Genova. Parte terza. Formiche della regione Indo-Malese e dell'Australia." Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale Giacomo Doria (Genova) (2) 4, no. 24 (1887): 209-258.
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