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Genus Liometopum - Velvety Tree Ants

Liometopum occidentale Dolichoderinae? - Liometopum - female Ants Found in Serpentine Habitat - Liometopum occidentale - female Ant Alate? - Liometopum occidentale Formica 4 - Liometopum apiculatum Ant blackish found in a bird nesting box - Liometopum luctuosum Carpenter Ants - Liometopum occidentale Liometopum - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Formicoidea (Ants)
Family Formicidae (Ants)
Subfamily Dolichoderinae (Odorous Ants)
Tribe Tapinomini
Genus Liometopum (Velvety Tree Ants)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
revised in Toro et al. (2009)(1)
Explanation of Names
Liometopum Mayr 1861
3 spp. in our area(2), 7 total
w. NA & Asia(2)
L. apiculatum (Spanish escamole) is considered a delicacy in Mexico, where it is disappearing due to overcollecting; the same may be beginning to happen in the US (Ramos-Elorduy 2006)
See Also
Often have inquilines in nest fragments, especially Sceptobius
Works Cited
1.Revision of the ant genus Liometopum (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)
Toro D.I., Pacheco J.A., Mackay W.P. 2009. Sociobiology 53: 299-369.
2.Wild A. (-2014) Myrmecos