Dorymyrmex goeldii

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Dorymyrmex goeldii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Tribe: Leptomyrmecini
Genus: Dorymyrmex
Species: D. goeldii
Binomial name
Dorymyrmex goeldii
Forel, 1904

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Specimen labels


This mountain species has been found at some high elevation locales (1700 - 1900 m) but is more common in areas where it has been found in open habitat sites at lower elevation (~ 500 m).


Cuezzo and Guerrero (2011) - Concolours, light brown. Head longer than wide, with the posterior margin of head strongly convex, scape long (SI: more than 115), long mesosoma, in profile. Characters given in the diagnosis are enough to differentiate this species from all other Dorymyrmex found in Colombia.

Keys including this Species


Geographical distribution of D. goeldii has a strong disjunction in Colombia: some populations are found in the Andean region (Deptartment of Santander and Narino) at high altitude, between 1700 a 1900 m; other colonies, where D. goeldii is more common, prefer open areas of an isolated chain of mountains in the La Macarena National Park; in this area, specimens were collected at 493 m. (Cuezzo and Guerrero 2011)

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -1.456° to -18.86666667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia, Brazil (type locality), Colombia.

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.




Images from AntWeb

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Worker. Specimen code casent0192702. Photographer Erin Prado, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by ICN, Bogotá, Colombia.


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

  • goeldii. Dorymyrmex goeldii Forel, 1904c: 41 (w.) BRAZIL. Combination in D. (Ammomyrma): Kusnezov, 1952g: 429; in Conomyrma: Kempf, 1972a: 79; in Dorymyrmex: Shattuck, 1992c: 85. See also: Cuezzo & Guerrero, 2011: 17. Current subspecies: nominal plus dubius, fumigatus.

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



Cuezzo and Guerrero (2011) - (n = 30): HL: 0.70–0.86; HW: 0.55–0.72; EL: 0.20–0.26; EW: 0.10–0.18; SL: 0.85–1.00; WL: 1.05–1.36; CI: 77–84; SI: 116–160; REL: 29–32; OI: 50–69; TLI: 147–163.

Concolours, light brown. Sculpture reticulated, widely spaced. Pubescence whitish and dense. Pilosity brownish. Head: psammophore triangular with short setae, the hairs in the top line close to the foramen magnum and do not reach the oral cavity. Uppermost setae of psammophore close to the lower margin of foramen magnum. Scape surpassing occipital margin by more than twice its apical width. Posterior margin of head slightly straight. Mesosoma: 0–2 pronotal erected setae; propodeal tubercle round and short tubercle, directed dorsally; declivitous face of propodeum straight to feebly convex. Metasoma: low petiolar scale.

Type Material

Cuezzo and Guerrero (2011) - Syntypes. 2w, Para, BRAZIL (Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève).


Named in honor of Emilio Goeldi.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Cuezzo F. and Guerrero, R. J. 2011. The ant genus Dorymyrmex Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dolichoderinae) in Colombia. Psyche 2012, Article ID 516058 (doi:10.1155/2012/516058): 24 pp
  • Kempf W. W. 1978. A preliminary zoogeographical analysis of a regional ant fauna in Latin America. 114. Studia Entomologica 20: 43-62.
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Pacheco R., and H. L. Vasconcelos. 2012. Subterranean Pitfall Traps: Is ItWorth Including Them in Your Ant Sampling Protocol? Psyche doi:10.1155/2012/870794
  • Pires de Prado L., R. M. Feitosa, S. Pinzon Triana, J. A. Munoz Gutierrez, G. X. Rousseau, R. Alves Silva, G. M. Siqueira, C. L. Caldas dos Santos, F. Veras Silva, T. Sanches Ranzani da Silva, A. Casadei-Ferreira, R. Rosa da Silva, and J. Andrade-Silva. 2019. An overview of the ant fauna (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the state of Maranhao, Brazil. Pap. Avulsos Zool. 59: e20195938.