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Volume 2012, Article ID 516058, 24 pages
Research Article

The Ant Genus Dorymyrmex Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dolichoderinae) in Colombia

1CONICET, INSUE, Facultad de Ciencias Naturales e IML, Miguel Lillo 205, T4000JFE San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
2Grupo de Investigación en Insectos Neotropicales, Instituto de Investigaciones Tropicales (INTROPIC), Universidad del Magdalena, Carrera 32 No. 22-08, Santa Marta, Colombia
3Instituto de Zoología y Ecología Tropical, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela

Received 27 May 2011; Accepted 28 July 2011

Academic Editor: Jacques H. C. Delabie

Copyright © 2012 Fabiana Cuezzo and Roberto J. Guerrero. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The aim of this paper is to actualize the taxonomy of Dorymyrmex, by addressing problems at both the genus and the species levels. We also explore the taxonomy and distribution of Dorymyrmex in Colombia. We list, diagnose, and key nine species in the country, including three new species: Dorymyrmex amazonicus n. sp. Cuezzo & Guerrero, Dorymyrmex xerophylus n. sp. Cuezzo & Guerrero, and Dorymyrmex tuberosus n. sp. Cuezzo & Guerrero. We provide a detailed description of these new species based on the worker caste and, where possible, other castes. All localities where Dorymyrmex was collected or cited in the literature were mapped to provide a graphical view of its range.