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Species: Dolichoderus diversus   Emery, 1894 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)

Dolichoderus diversus Emery, 1894d PDF: 237 (w.) COLOMBIA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

MacKay, 1993b PDF: 52 (q.m.).
Senior synonym of Dolichoderus championi, Dolichoderus garbei, Dolichoderus leviusculus, Dolichoderus mazaruni, Dolichoderus ornatus, Dolichoderus taeniatus, Dolichoderus trinidadensis: MacKay, 1993b PDF: 50.


Neotropical Region: Guatemala, Venezuela

Distribution Notes:

Mexico south to Bolivia and southern Brazil. Costa Rica: southern Pacific lowlands.


Natural History:

From MacKay 1993:

Little is known of this common species. Nests are usually found in hollow twigs, up to 800 meters in elevation. It commonly occurs in disturbed habitats and is often imported into the United States on banana debris and on orchids. Workers rapidly escape when the nest is opened. This species nests together with stingless bees (Harada, pers. comm.) and with Camponotus sp. in mangrove swamps. Loose sexuals have been collected in Feb. (Guatemala, Guiana), April (Panama, Peru), May (Mexico), June (Guiana), Sept. and Nov. (Brasil).[MacKay Literature Cited]

In Costa Rica, I know this species from one stray worker I collected at San Pedrillo in Corcovado National Park. However, the types of D. championi, a junior synonym of diversus, were collected by Tonduz in Costa Rica. I twice collected the species in the Santa Marta area of Colombia, once in a 9mm diameter dead stem, and once in a 10mm diameter live stem of a Brosimum(?) with large, pink scale insects on the interior walls.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55

Dolichoderus diversus EmeryHNS 1894a.

Literature records: Cordillera (Forel 1909, as “ leviusculus EmeryHNS ”).

Probable misidentification of D. germainiHNS.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in Pastures and scrubby second growth vegetation, 1 times found in tropical dry forest, 1 times found in dry forest, 2 times found in Port of entry, 1 times found in rainforest edge, 1 times found in tropical moist forest, 1 times found in cerrado, 1 times found in wet forest road edge, 1 times found in cultivated land (former rainforest), 1 times found in edge of second-growth rainforest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times Nesting in 9mm dia dead stick, 1 times nest in hollow branch, 1 times Nest in 10mm dia live branch Brosimum (?), 2 times at light, 1 times on banana leaf, 1 times nocturnal foragers, 1 times in old polybia nest, 1 times ex dead twig, 1 times ex dead branch of Cordia alliodora, ca. 2.5 m above ground, 1 times ex Cecropia, 1 times beating vegetation, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 6 times search, 1 times hand collecting, 1 times nest in hollow twig, 1 times Beating, 1 times blacklight, 1 times direct collection, 1 times nest 282, 1 times Nest in twig above ground.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 850 meters, 225 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype of Dolichoderus diversus: casent0915563; Lectotype of Dolichoderus championi: casent0909463; paralectotype of Dolichoderus championi: casent0909464; syntype of Dolichoderus championi trinidadensis taeniatus: casent0909466; syntype of Dolichoderus championi: casent0902957; syntype of Dolichoderus championi trinidadensis: casent0909465; syntype of Dolichoderus championi ornatus: casent0902956; syntype of Dolichoderus championi trinidadensis: casent0902955; syntype of Dolichoderus germaini garbei: casent0909467; syntype of Dolichoderus germaini leviusculus: casent0905030; syntype of Iridomyrmex mazaruni: casent0902958, casent0902959

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