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Genus Liometopum - Velvety Tree Ants

Ants Found in Serpentine Habitat - Liometopum occidentale - female Ant Alate? - Liometopum occidentale Fancy ants: another colony - Liometopum occidentale Ants - Liometopum occidentale  Linepithema humile? - Liometopum occidentale Liometopum luctuosum - female Ant with patterned abdomen - Liometopum Ant - Liometopum occidentale
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 (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