dcsimg

Biology

provided by Antweb
Natural History:

From MacKay 1993:This species is usually collected in wet forest. It is a timid ant which nests in twigs, branches, trunks and fence posts, often in a faculative association with Crematogaster limata parabiotica (Swain, 1977, 1980). Nests are found in termitaria of Nasutitermes ephratae, N. corniger, and N. columbicus (Wheeler, 1936; Swain, 1977). Workers are found at extrafloral nectaries of Catostemma (Bombacaceae) (Lattke, 1986). It tends coccids and membracids. A single female was collected in March (Costa Rica - LACM). It is occasionally collected in quarantine on banana debris.[MacKay Literature Cited]

Dolichoderus debilis has been reported on numerous occasions nesting together with other species of ants. Forel (1898) observed Dolichoderus debilis and Crematogaster carinata (as C. limata parabiotica) inhabiting the same nest in Colombia, and coined the term parabiosis to describe the phenomenon of mutual nest sharing. Wheeler (1921) made similar observations. Davidson has multiple observations of parabiotic foraging between D. debilis and C. carinata in Peru (pers. comm.). Her studies indicate that, unlike many other species of Dolichoderus, D. debilis has no chemical defenses and has lost them because of its parabiotic associations with other strongly defended ants.

At Carara Biological Reserve in Costa Rica I observed a parabiotic association between D. debilis and C. carinata. Nests of both species were interdigitated in a cluster of dead branches. The nests of the two species were contiguous, with interconnections among chambers, but they were still largely segregated. In general the Crematogaster occupied smaller and more peripheral chambers, while the Dolichoderus occupied larger chambers in the center of the branches. In some peripheral chambers I found workers of both species together, but these chambers never contained brood. Any chamber with brood always contained only one species.

license
cc-by-nc-sa-4.0
copyright
California Academy of Sciences
bibliographic citation
AntWeb. Version 8.45.1. California Academy of Science, online at https://www.antweb.org. Accessed 15 March 2021.
original
visit source
partner site
Antweb

Distribution Notes

provided by Antweb

Guatemala south to Guianas, central and western Amazonia, Peru, and northern Bolivia. Costa Rica: southern Pacific lowlands.

license
cc-by-nc-sa-4.0
copyright
California Academy of Sciences
bibliographic citation
AntWeb. Version 8.45.1. California Academy of Science, online at https://www.antweb.org. Accessed 15 March 2021.
original
visit source
partner site
Antweb

Taxonomic History

provided by Antweb
Dolichoderus debilis Emery, 1890b PDF: 69 (w.) VENEZUELA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Wheeler & Wheeler, 1951 PDF: 176 (l.).Combination in Dolichoderus (Monacis): Emery, 1894d PDF: 228.Combination in Monacis: Kempf, 1959c: 247.Combination in Hypoclinea: Lattke, 1987b PDF: 264.Combination in Dolichoderus: Shattuck, 1992c PDF: 77.Senior synonym of Dolichoderus debilis parabiotica: Kempf, 1959c: 247.Senior synonym of Dolichoderus debilis sieversi: Kempf, 1959c: 247.See also: MacKay, 1993b PDF: 47; Ortiz & Fernández, 2011 PDF: 61.
license
cc-by-nc-sa-4.0
copyright
California Academy of Sciences
bibliographic citation
AntWeb. Version 8.45.1. California Academy of Science, online at https://www.antweb.org. Accessed 15 March 2021.
original
visit source
partner site
Antweb

Diagnostic Description

provided by Plazi (legacy text)

- Venezuela. Azteca Alfari Em. - Las Trincheras, dans la cavite du Cecropia peltata.

license
not applicable
bibliographic citation
Forel, A., 1905, Miscellanea myrmicologiques, II (1905)., Annales de la Societe Entomologique de Belgique, pp. 155-185, vol. 49
author
Forel, A.
original
visit source
partner site
Plazi (legacy text)

Dolichoderus debilis

provided by wikipedia EN

Dolichoderus debilis is a species of ant in the genus Dolichoderus. Described by Emery in 1890, the species is found in many countries in two continents, including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Panama, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.[1][2][3][4]

References

  1. ^ Emery, C. 1890a [1889]. Alcune considerazioni sulla fauna mirmecologica dell'Africa. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 21: 69-75 (page 69, worker described)
  2. ^ Emery, C. 1894d. Studi sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. VI-XVI. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 26: 137-241 (page 228, Combination in D. (Monacis))
  3. ^ MacKay, W. P. 1993b. A review of the New World ants of the genus Dolichoderus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 22: 1-148 (page 47, see also)
  4. ^ Shattuck, S. O. 1992c. Generic revision of the ant subfamily Dolichoderinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 21: 1-181 (page 77, Combination in Dolichoderus)
 title=
license
cc-by-sa-3.0
copyright
Wikipedia authors and editors
original
visit source
partner site
wikipedia EN

Dolichoderus debilis: Brief Summary

provided by wikipedia EN

Dolichoderus debilis is a species of ant in the genus Dolichoderus. Described by Emery in 1890, the species is found in many countries in two continents, including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Panama, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.

license
cc-by-sa-3.0
copyright
Wikipedia authors and editors
original
visit source
partner site
wikipedia EN