Little is known about this rare species. Nuptial flights take place during July (Japanese Ant Image Database).
- 1 Identification
- 2 Distribution
- 3 Biology
- 4 Castes
- 5 Nomenclature
- 6 References
- 7 References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
Radchenko (2005) - Workers most resemble Lasius capitatus, differing from them mainly by the wider, transverse head and by the absence of subdecumbent hairs on the antennal scape; they are also similar to Lasius fuji and differ from the latter by the wider head, shorter standing hairs on the alitrunk dorsum and somewhat thinner petiolar scale. However, queens of L. morisitai well differ from those of L. fuji by the very sparse decumbent pubescence of the body and much shorter and less abundant standing hairs on the alitrunk dorsum.
Keys including this Species
- Key to Lasius Dendrolasius queens of the East Palaearctic
- Key to Lasius Dendrolasius workers of the East Palaearctic
Radchenko (2005) - Southern part of Russian Far East (Primorsky Region, Ussuriysky Natural Reserve), Korean Peninsula, Japan (central Honshu).
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
Check data from AntWeb
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.
- morisitai. Lasius (Dendrolasius) morisitai Yamauchi, 1979: 176, fig. 7 (w.q.m.) JAPAN. See also: Kupyanskaya, 1989: 788; Radchenko, 2005a: 90.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Radchenko (2005) – Petiolar scale (seen in profile) relatively thin, though not flattened at the top, approximately inversely V-shaped; when seen in front or from behind, it is only slightly narrowing to the dorsal crest; head shorter than broad (CI ≥ 1.04), with convex sides, gradually and slightly narrowing anteriorly, and with distinctly emarginate occipital margin; scape, mid and hind tibiae not flattened, elliptical in cross-section; ratio of min/max diameters of the scape > 0.7; scape and legs with decumbent pilosity only, without standing hairs; promesonotal dorsum and occipital margin with abundant, quite short standing hairs.
Radchenko (2005) – Petiolar scale (seen in profile) is relatively thin, though not flattens at the top; head with convex sides, gradually and slightly narrowing anteriorly, and with shallowly emarginate occipital margin; scape, mid and hind tibiae not flattened, elliptical in cross-section; ratio of min/max diameters of the scape > 0.7; legs and scape with dense decumbent pubescence only; head, alitrunk and gaster with very sparse short standing hairs, and with extremely short and sparse decumbent pubescence, appears shiny.
- Kupyanskaya, A. N. 1989. Ants of the subgenus Dendrolasius Ruzsky, 1912 (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, genus Lisius [sic] Fabricius, 1804) of the Far Eastern USSR. Entomol. Obozr. 68: 779-789 (page 788, see also)
- Radchenko, A. 2005a. A review of the ants of the genus Lasius Fabricius, 1804, subgenus Dendrolasius Ruzsky, 1912 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from East Palearctic. Annales Zoologici. 55(1):83-94.
- Yamauchi, K. 1979 . Taxonomical and ecological studies on the ant genus Lasius in Japan (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). I. Taxonomy. Sci. Rep. Fac. Educ. Gifu Univ. (Nat. Sci.) 6: 147-181 (page 176, fig. 7 worker, queen, male described)
References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
- Guénard B., and R. R. Dunn. 2012. A checklist of the ants of China. Zootaxa 3558: 1-77.
- Minato M., T. Kameyama, F. Ito, and T. Itino. 1996. A preliminary report of ant fauna in Gagawa Prefecture. Ari 20: 9-13.
- Park, Seong, Joon and Byung, and Kim, Jin. 2002. Faunal Comparison of Ants among Cheongsando and Other Islands of South Sea in Korea. Korean Jornal of Entomology. 32(1):7-12.
- Radchenko A. 2005. A review of the ants of the genus Lasius Fabricius, 1804, subgenus Dendrolasius Ruzsky, 1912 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from east Palaearctic. Annales Zoologici (Warsaw) 55: 83-94.
- Radchenko, A. 2005. Monographic revision of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of North Korea. Annales Zoologici (Warsaw) 55: 127-221.
- Radchenko, A. 2005. Monographic revision of the ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of North Korea. Annales Zoologici 55(2): 127-221.
- Terayama M., S. Kubota, and K. Eguchi. 2014. Encyclopedia of Japanese ants. Asakura Shoten: Tokyo, 278 pp.