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Diplorhoptrum - Thief ants (fugax group)

Small Mandibles; Hourglass figure - Solenopsis molesta Worker Ant - Solenopsis molesta Queen - Solenopsis molesta - female Ant - Solenopsis molesta Ant - Solenopsis Ant - Solenopsis Solenopsis - female Solenopsis molesta
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 Myrmicinae
Tribe Solenopsidini
Genus Solenopsis (Fire Ants and Thief Ants)
No Taxon Diplorhoptrum - Thief ants (fugax group)
diplo - ROP - trum
Explanation of Names
At the moment this is not a valid subgeneric name, but is still widely used informally to distinguish thief ants from fire ants. Some part of the "Diplo" group as commonly construed may deserve resurrection of the name to incorporate it, with new names to be coined for other lineages within the genus. Most of the diversity is Neotropical, and at present, completely intractable.
Most are subterranean, and are bait-trapped or sifted out of litter or soil. In warmer regions, some are arboreal, living in hollow twigs, galls, bases of epiphytes, or litter accumulated in branch junctions and tree holes.