Dolichoderus sibiricus

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Dolichoderus sibiricus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Dolichoderus
Species: D. sibiricus
Binomial name
Dolichoderus sibiricus
Emery, 1889

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Specimen labels


Idogawa and Dobata (2018) found colonies nesting in bamboo cavities in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan in a thicket dominated by deciduous broad-leaved trees.


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: China, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Japan, Mongolia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • sibiricus. Dolichoderus quadripunctatus subsp. sibiricus Emery, 1889a: 442 (w.) RUSSIA. Kupyanskaya, 1990: 155 (q.m.). Combination in D. (Hypoclinea): Emery, 1894c: 229. Raised to species: Yasumatsu, 1962: 96. Senior synonym of abietis, japonicus, yoshiokae: Yasumatsu, 1941: 182; of atriceps, sinensis: Yasumatsu, 1962: 96.
  • sinensis. Dolichoderus (Hypoclinea) sinensis Wheeler, W.M. 1921e: 111, fig. 1 (w.) CHINA. Junior synonym of sibiricus: Yasumatsu, 1962: 96.
  • atriceps. Dolichoderus (Hypoclinea) sinensis var. atriceps Wheeler, W.M. 1928c: 29 (q.) CHINA. Junior synonym of sibiricus: Yasumatsu, 1962: 96.
  • yoshiokae. Dolichoderus (Hypoclinea) quadripunctatus subsp. yoshiokae Wheeler, W.M. 1933c: 67 (w.) JAPAN. Junior synonym of sibiricus: Yasumatsu, 1941: 182.
  • abietis. Dolichoderus (Hypoclinea) abietis Kono & Sugihara, 1939: 12 (w.) JAPAN. Junior synonym of sibiricus: Yasumatsu, 1941: 182.
  • japonicus. Dolichoderus quadripunctatus subsp. japonicus Yoshioka, 1939: 70 (w.) JAPAN. Junior synonym of sibiricus: Yasumatsu, 1941: 182.

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



Wheeler (1934) for Dolichoderus quadripunctatus yoshioke - Length 2.8-3 mm.

Smaller than sibiricus and of the same size as the typical quadripunctatus. The sculpture is like that of sibiricus, but the surface of the head and thorax is more shining, apparently because the cavities of the numerous pits, or foveolae are smoother and not so distinctly reticulate as in that subspecies. The color is different: Head, coxae and gaster black; the paired spots on the first and second gastric segments ivory white, very large and sharply defined; thorax and petiole deep red, with the extreme base of the epinotum and anterior portion of the metapleurae black; summit of petiolar node infuscated; mandibles, antennae and legs yellowish red; a spot on the distal enlargement of the scapes and the distal portion of the funiculi fuscous; femora and tibiae dark brown, except at their bases.

Type Material

Described from ten workers taken by Mr. H. Yoshioka at Kiryu, Japan, Nov. 26, 1932.


  • Emery, C. 1889b. Intorno ad alcune formiche della fauna paleartica. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 27[=(2)(7): 439-443 (page 442, worker described)
  • Emery, C. 1894d. Studi sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. VI-XVI. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 26: 137-241 (page 229, Combination in D. (Hypoclinea))
  • Idogawa, N. and S. Dobata. 2018. Colony structure and life history of Lioponera daikoku (Formicidae: Dorylinae). Asian Myrmecology. 10:e00100006. doi:10.20362/am.010006
  • Kupyanskaya, A. N. 1990a. Ants of the Far Eastern USSR. Vladivostok: Akademiya Nauk SSSR, 258 pp. (page 155, queen, male described)
  • Yasumatsu, K. 1941c. Ants collected by Mr. H. Takahasi in Hingan (Hsingan) North Province, North Manchuria (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). . Trans. Nat. Hist. Soc. Formosa 31: 182-185 (page 182, Senior synonym of abietis, japonicus and yoshiokae)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1933c. New ants from China and Japan. Psyche (Camb.) 40: 65-67 PDF
  • Yasumatsu, K. 1962. Notes on synonymies of five ants widely spread in the Orient (Hym.: Formicidae). Mushi 36: 93-97 (page 96, Raised to species, Senior synonym of atriceps and sinensis)