Lasiophanes hoffmanni

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Lasiophanes hoffmanni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Melophorini
Genus: Lasiophanes
Species: L. hoffmanni
Binomial name
Lasiophanes hoffmanni
(Forel, 1903)

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Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Chile (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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This species is very sensitive to environmental dehydration, preferring to live in low temperatures and damp rotting logs. It is crepuscular and nocturnal and usually forages on leaves of shrubs where it visits extrafloral nectaries and captures small Diptera. (Robert Fuentalba Ojeda)



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

  • hoffmanni. Melophorus hoffmanni Forel, 1903c: 266 (w.) CHILE. [Lasius hoffmanni Emery, 1895i: 18. Nomen nudum.] Combination in Melophorus (Lasiophanes): Emery, 1906c: 185; in Lasiophanes: Wheeler, W.M. 1935c: 70. See also: Snelling & Hunt, 1976: 104.



  • Emery, C. 1906c [1905]. Studi sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. XXVI. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 37: 107-194 (page 185, Combination in Melophorus (Lasiophanes))
  • Forel, A. 1903e. Mélanges entomologiques, biologiques et autres. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 47: 249-268 (page 266, worker described)
  • Snelling, R. R.; Hunt, J. H. 1975. The ants of Chile (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Rev. Chil. Entomol. 9: 63-129 (page 104, see also)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1935c. Myrmecological notes. Psyche (Camb.) 42: 68-72 (page 70, Combination in Lasiophanes)