Strumigenys liukueiensis

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Strumigenys liukueiensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Strumigenys
Species: S. liukueiensis
Binomial name
Strumigenys liukueiensis
Terayama & Kubota, 1989

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Specimen labels

Chien and Lin (2015) analyzed the chemical constituents of the venom of five Taiwanese Strumigenys species: Strumigenys chuchihensis, Strumigenys feae, Strumigenys liukueiensis, Strumigenys minutula and Strumigenys solifontis for a chemotaxonomy study. The venom was collected from extruded stings and was thought likely to contain a mixture of poison (venom) and Dufour gland secretions. GC/MS profiles showed that three of the five species were clearly differentiated by the chemical composition of their sting secretions. Two remaining two species, S. chuchihensis and S. liukueiensis, showed chemical signatures that were not significantly different from one another.

At a Glance • Parthenogenetic  


Bolton (2000) – A member of the smythiesii complex in the Strumigenys godeffroyi-group. See notes under Strumigenys solifontis.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: Taiwan (type locality).

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.



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

  • liukueiensis. Strumigenys liukueiensis Terayama & Kubota, 1989: 785, figs. 18-22 (w.q.) TAIWAN. See also: Bolton, 2000: 811.

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



Bolton (2000) - TL 2.6, HL 0.65, HW 0.43, CI 66, ML 0.30, MI 46, SL 0.40, SI 93, PW 0.27, AL 0.71. Characters of smythiesii-complex. Apicoscrobal hair simple; anterior to this hair the upper scrobe margin with 2-3 similar but shorter freely projecting hairs and posterior to it with 3-4 similar stiff hairs. In profile cephalic dorsum with numerous inclined to erect simple hairs that arise from level of eye to occipital margin. Pronotal humeral hair stiff and simple, straight or nearly so. Pronotal dorsum with 1-2 pairs of erect simple hairs, mesonotum with 3-4 pairs, propodeal dorsum posteriorly with a short pair at about level of spiracle. Dorsum of pronotum and anterior mesonotum feebly and superficially sculptured, finely shagreenate to weakly reticulate; remainder of dorsal alitrunk almost smooth to smooth. Legs with numerous erect simple hairs: hind femur with such hairs numerous on all surfaces, dorsal (outer) surface of hind tibia with several straight erect hairs as well as curved ground-pilosity, hind basitarsus with 5 or more erect hairs on its dorsal (outer) surface. With petiole in dorsal view the node longer than broad and the lateral spongiform lobes extend almost to the anterior face of the node; in profile the lateral lobe extends anteriorly almost to the anterior face of the node. Disc of postpetiole smooth. Erect hairs on first gastral tergite longer and sub flagellate near base, but behind this tending to be shorter, straighter and simple. Basigastral costulae traverse limbus but on tergite proper are sparse and short, hardly longer than width of limbus.

Type Material

Bolton (2000) - Holotype worker, paratype workers and queens, TAIWAN: Kaohsiung Hsien, Liukuei, 17.viii.1987 (M. Terayama); paratype workers and queen, same data but (S. Kubota) (National Institute of Agro-Environmental Sciences, Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute, National Taiwan University, Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, University of Oklahoma, The Natural History Museum) [examined].


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bolton, B. 2000. The Ant Tribe Dacetini. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 65
  • Guénard B., and R. R. Dunn. 2012. A checklist of the ants of China. Zootaxa 3558: 1-77.
  • Hua Li-zhong. 2006. List of Chinese insects Vol. IV. Pages 262-273. Sun Yat-sen university Press, Guangzhou. 539 pages.
  • Li Z.h. 2006. List of Chinese Insects. Volume 4. Sun Yat-sen University Press
  • Lin C.C., and W.J. Wu. 1996. Revision of the ant genus Strumigenys Fr. Smith (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Taiwan. Chinese Journal of Entomology 16:137-152.
  • Terayama M. 1992. Structure of ant communities in East Asia. A. Regional differences and species richness. Bulletin of the Bio-geographical Society of Japan 47: 1-31.
  • Terayama M. 2009. A synopsis of the family Formicidae of Taiwan (Insecta: Hymenoptera). Research Bulletin of Kanto Gakuen University. Liberal Arts 17:81-266.
  • Terayama M., and S. Kubota. 1989. The ant tribe Dacetini (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of Taiwan, with descriptions of three new species. Japanese Journal of Entomology 57: 778-792.
  • Terayama, M. 2009. A synopsis of the family Formicidae of Taiwan (Insecta; Hymenoptera). The Research Bulletin of Kanto Gakuen University 17: 81-266.