Dolichoderus quadripunctatus

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Dolichoderus quadripunctatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Dolichoderus
Species: D. quadripunctatus
Binomial name
Dolichoderus quadripunctatus
(Linnaeus, 1771)

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Photo Gallery

  • Dolichoderus quadripunctatus worker. Photo by Michal Kukla
  • Foraging workers. Photo by Michal Kukla.
  • Dolichoderus quadripunctatus worker at its nest entrance. Photo by Michal Kukla.
  • Dolichoderus quadripunctatus queen. Photo by Michal Kukla.

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France (type locality), Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iberian Peninsula, Iran, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine.


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Biology

Czechowski et al. (2019) observed an alate queen of Dolichoderus quadripunctatus visiting aphids in a Polish garden. The gyne walked along a foraging trail to a colony of the aphid Panaphis juglandis where it imbibed honeydew excreted on the leaf by the aphids, after which it returned to the trail. This recurred during two more days, always a single alate gyne at a time; hence the total number of gynes, one or more, remains an open question. This feeding phenomenon is practically unknown in ants.

Castes

Queen

Nomenclature

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

  • quadripunctatus. Formica quadripunctata Linnaeus, 1771: 541 (w.) FRANCE.
    • [Note: type-locality is now France, after Fabricius, 1775: 392, “Habitat in Alsatia”; the latter confirmed by Latreille, 1802c: 181, “Linnée avoit reçu cette espèce de l’Alsace”.]
    • [Misspelled as quatuorpunctata by Christ, 1791: 513; misspelled as 4 punctatus by Forel, 1895d: 227, and others.]
    • Latreille, 1802c: 179 (q.); Mayr, 1855: 380 (m.); Karavaiev, 1916: 497 (m.).
    • Combination in Tapinoma: Schenck, 1852: 129.
    • Combination in Hypoclinea: Mayr, 1855: 379; Mayr, 1863: 424; Roger, 1863b: 14.
    • Combination in Formica (Hypoclinea): Roger, 1859: 242.
    • Combination in Dolichoderus: Emery & Forel, 1879: 455.
    • Combination in D. (Hypoclinea): Emery, 1894c: 229.
    • Status as species: Fabricius, 1775: 392; Fabricius, 1782: 490; Fabricius, 1787: 308; Gmelin, 1790: 2799; Christ, 1791: 513; Olivier, 1792: 494; Fabricius, 1793: 355; Latreille, 1802c: 179; Walckenaer, 1802: 163; Fabricius, 1804: 403; Losana, 1834: 322; Mayr, 1855: 379 (redescription); Nylander, 1856b: 73; Smith, F. 1858b: 57; Roger, 1859: 242; Mayr, 1861: 40 (in key); Mayr, 1863: 424; Roger, 1863b: 14; Emery, 1869b: 11; Mayr, 1870b: 957 (in key); Forel, 1874: 59 (in key); André, 1874: 186 (in key); Emery, 1878b: 49; Emery & Forel, 1879: 455; André, 1882b: 226 (in key); Mayr, 1886d: 435 (in key); Forel, 1886e: clxvii; Nasonov, 1889: 27; Forel, 1892i: 307; Dalla Torre, 1893: 160; Emery, 1894c: 229; Forel, 1895d: 227; Ruzsky, 1902d: 18; Ruzsky, 1903b: 308; Ruzsky, 1905b: 468; Wasmann, 1906: 115 (in key); Bondroit, 1910: 489; Forel, 1911d: 350; Emery, 1913a: 11; Stitz, 1914: 79; Forel, 1915d: 41 (in key); Emery, 1916b: 210; Karavaiev, 1916: 497; Escherich, 1917: 329; Bondroit, 1918: 87; Menozzi, 1921: 32; Soudek, 1922: 58; Müller, 1923b: 108; Soudek, 1925b: 15; Santschi, 1926f: 287; Karavaiev, 1927c: 272 (in key); Lomnicki, 1928: 6; Kuznetsov-Ugamsky, 1929b: 42; Zimmermann, 1935: 40; Karavaiev, 1936: 165 (redescription); Teranishi, 1940: 19; Novák & Sadil, 1941: 95 (in key); Schmitz, 1950: 14; Consani & Zangheri, 1952: 42; Ceballos, 1956: 309; Bernard, 1967: 250 (redescription); Baroni Urbani, 1971c: 157; van Pisarski, 1975: 27; Boven, 1977: 124; Kutter, 1977c: 172; Arnol’di & Dlussky, 1978: 546 (in key); Collingwood, 1978: 86 (in key); Agosti & Collingwood, 1987b: 278 (in key); Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 186; Arakelian, 1994: 71; Radchenko, 1994b: 112 (in key); Shattuck, 1994: 63; Bolton, 1995b: 176; Czechowski, et al. 2002: 13; Seifert, 2007: 252; Casevitz-Weulersse & Galkowsky, 2009: 478; Lapeva-Gjonova, et al. 2010: 31; Boer, 2010: 14; Legakis, 2011: 23; Borowiec, L. & Salata, 2012: 491; Czechowski, et al. 2012: 63; Borowiec, L. 2014: 70 (see note in bibliography); Radchenko, 2016: 82.
    • Senior synonym of kratochvili: Radchenko, 2016: 82.
    • Senior synonym of unicolor: Arakelian, 1994: 72; Radchenko, 2016: 82.
  • kratochvili. Dolichoderus (Hypoclinea) quadripunctatus var. kratochvili Novak, V. 1941: 47, figs. 2-4 (w.) CZECHOSLOVAKIA.
    • Subspecies of quadripunctatus: Novák & Sadil, 1941: 95 (in key) (date of publication (31.xii).1941); Shattuck, 1994: 63.
    • Junior synonym of quadripunctatus: Radchenko, 2016: 82.
  • unicolor. Dolichoderus quadripunctatus var. unicolor Ruzsky, 1905b: 471 (w.q.) CAUCASUS.
    • Senior synonym of unicolor: Arakelian, 1994: 72; Radchenko, 2016: 82.

Description

Karyotype

  • 2n = 28 (Japan) (Imai, 1969).

References

  • Arakelian, G. R. 1994. Fauna of the Republic of Armenia. Hymenopterous insects. Ants (Formicidae). Erevan: Gitutium, 153 pp. (page 72, Senior synonym of unicolor)
  • Atanassov, N.; Dlussky, G. M. 1992. Fauna of Bulgaria. Hymenoptera, Formicidae. Fauna Bûlg. 22: 1-310 (page 186, see also)
  • Bernard, F. 1967a [1968]. Faune de l'Europe et du Bassin Méditerranéen. 3. Les fourmis (Hymenoptera Formicidae) d'Europe occidentale et septentrionale. Paris: Masson, 411 pp. (page 249, see also)
  • Czechowski, W., Trigos-Peral, G., Maák, I., Vepsäläinen, K. 2019. Alate gyne of the ant Dolichoderus quadripunctatus (L.) (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) follows foraging trail to aphids. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 71: 241–248 (doi:10.3897/jhr.71.36286).
  • Emery, C. 1894d. Studi sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. VI-XVI. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 26: 137-241 (page 229, Combination in D. (Hypoclinea))
  • Emery, C.; Forel, A. 1879. Catalogue des Formicides d'Europe. Mitt. Schweiz. Entomol. Ges. 5: 441-481 (page 455, Combination in Dolichoderus)
  • Kutter, H. 1977c. Hymenoptera, Formicidae. Insecta Helv. Fauna 6: 1-298 (page 172, see also)
  • Latreille, P. A. 1802b. Histoire naturelle générale et particulière des Crustacés et des insectes. Tome 3. Familles naturelles des genres. Paris: F. Dufart, xii + 467 pp. (page 179, queen described)
  • Linnaeus, C. 1771. Mantissa plantarum altera generum editionis VI & specierum editionis II. Holmiae [= Stockholm]: Laurentii Salvii, [6] + 143-587 pp. (page 541, worker described)
  • Mayr, G. 1855. Formicina austriaca. Beschreibung der bisher im österreichischen Kaiserstaate aufgefundenen Ameisen, nebst Hinzufügung jener in Deutschland, in der Schweiz und in Italien vorkommenden Arten. Verh. Zool.-Bot. Ver. Wien 5: 273-478 (page 379, worker, queen, male described)
  • Mayr, G. 1855. Formicina austriaca. Beschreibung der bisher im österreichischen Kaiserstaate aufgefundenen Ameisen, nebst Hinzufügung jener in Deutschland, in der Schweiz und in Italien vorkommenden Arten. Verh. Zool.-Bot. Ver. Wien 5: 273-478 (page 379, Combination in Hypoclinea)
  • Radchenko, A.G. 2016. Murav’i Ukrainy: 495 pp. Kiev.
  • 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 63, see also)