Eciton dulcium

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Eciton dulcium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Eciton
Species: E. dulcium
Binomial name
Eciton dulcium
Forel, 1912

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Specimen Labels

Evolutionary Relationships

Eciton dulcium

Eciton vagans

Eciton quadriglume

Eciton rapax

Eciton mexicanum

Eciton lucanoides

Eciton burchellii

Eciton drepanophorum

Eciton hamatum

Based on Winston et al., 2016. The species Eciton jansoni, Eciton quadriglume, Eciton setigaster and Eciton uncinatum were not included in this study.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina, Brazil (type locality), Paraguay.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Association with Other Organisms

  • This species is a host for the diapriid wasp Notoxoides pronotalis (a parasite) in Argentina (Loiacono, 2013; Gonzalez et al., 2016).
  • This species is a host for the strepsipteran Myrmecolax borgmeieri (a parasite) (Cook, 2019).







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

  • dulcium. Eciton quadriglume r. dulcius Forel, 1912c: 42 (w.) BRAZIL. Borgmeier, 1939: 406 (m.); Borgmeier, 1955: 203 (s.q.). Combination in E. (Holopone): Santschi, 1925b: 11. Raised to species: Santschi, 1921g: 90; Borgmeier, 1939: 406. Senior synonym of hirsutum (and its junior synonym jujuyensis): Borgmeier, 1948b: 459. Current subspecies: nominal plus crassinode. See also: Borgmeier, 1953: 9; Borgmeier, 1955: 203.
  • hirsutum. Eciton hirsutum Santschi, 1912e: 523, fig. 2 (m.) ARGENTINA. Subspecies of dulcium and senior synonym of jujuyensis: Santschi, 1936d: 402. Junior synonym of dulcium: Borgmeier, 1948b: 459.
  • jujuyensis. Eciton dulcius var. jujuyensis Santschi, 1921g: 91 (w.) ARGENTINA. [First available use of Eciton (Eciton) quadriglume r. dulcius var. jujuyensis Forel, 1913l: 208; unavailable name.] Bruch, 1923: 177 (q.); Bruch, 1934c: 264 (m.). Junior synonym of hirsutum: Santschi, 1936d: 402.