Liometopum microcephalum

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Liometopum microcephalum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Liometopum
Species: L. microcephalum
Binomial name
Liometopum microcephalum
(Panzer, 1798)

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Liometopum microcephalum is a rare arboricolous ant, which forms large colonies of high ecological importance and ranks at the top position in the hierarchy of ant assemblages. Many aspects of the species' biology remain unknown due to its scattered occurrence and bad nest accessibility.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Albania, Austria (type locality), Balearic Islands, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey.

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.

  • microcephalum. Formica microcephala Panzer, 1798: no. 1652 (m.) AUSTRIA. Mayr, 1861: 39 (w.q.). Combination in Liometopum: Mayr, 1861: 39. Senior synonym of austriaca: Mayr, 1861: 39. See also: Baroni Urbani, 1971c: 158; Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 189; Shattuck, 1994: 129; Del Toro, et al. 2009: 325.
  • austriaca. Formica austriaca Mayr, 1853a: 144 (w.) AUSTRIA. Junior synonym of microcephalum: Mayr, 1861: 39.



  • Atanassov, N.; Dlussky, G. M. 1992. Fauna of Bulgaria. Hymenoptera, Formicidae. Fauna Bûlg. 22: 1-310 (page 189, see also)
  • Baroni Urbani, C. 1971c. Catalogo delle specie di Formicidae d'Italia (Studi sulla mirmecofauna d'Italia X). Mem. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 50: 5-287 (page 158, see also)
  • Mayr, G. 1861. Die europäischen Formiciden. Nach der analytischen Methode bearbeitet. Wien: C. Gerolds Sohn, 80 pp. (page 39, worker, queen described)
  • Mayr, G. 1861. Die europäischen Formiciden. Nach der analytischen Methode bearbeitet. Wien: C. Gerolds Sohn, 80 pp. (page 39, Combination in Liometopum, and senior synonym of austriaca)
  • Panzer, G. W. F. 1798. Fauna insectorum germanicae initia, oder Deutschlands Insecten. Heft 54. Nürnberg: Felssecker, 24 pp., 24 pls. (page 1652, male described)
  • Petrakova, L. 2016. Populations of the ant Liometopum microcephalum at different spatial scales. Ph.D. Thesis, Masaryk University.
  • Petrakova, L. & Schlaghamersky, J. 2014. Worker polymorphism in the arboricolous ant Liometopum microcephalum (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dolichoderinae): Is it related to territory size? Myrmecological News 20: 101-111.
  • Shattuck, S. O. 1994. Taxonomic catalog of the ant subfamilies Aneuretinae and Dolichoderinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Univ. Calif. Publ. Entomol. 112:i-xix, 1-241. (page 129, see also)