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Dinoponera lucida Emery (Formicidae: Ponerinae): the highest number of chromosomes known in Hymenoptera

  • C. S. F. Mariano
  • J. H. C. Delabie
  • L. S. Ramos
  • S. Lacau
  • S. G. Pompolo
Short Communication


We report the remarkable karyotype of Dinoponera lucida, a Brazilian endemic ponerine ant. Its chromosome number is 2n=106, most of the chromosomes are acrocentric and of very small size, and the karyotype formula is 88A+18M. A chromosome pair of the AMt type is reported. This is the largest number of chromosomes reported for the Hymenoptera order until now.


Chromosome Number Acrocentric Chromosome Diploid Chromosome Number Karyotype Formula High Chromosome Number 
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The authors acknowledge CNPq for the grant concession to three of them, Anderson Fernandes and Lucileide S. Ramos for technical support, and Nathalie Hites and Jonathan D. Majer for kindly reviewing the English manuscript. The authors declare that the present experiment complies with the current laws of Brazil.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. S. F. Mariano
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. H. C. Delabie
    • 2
  • L. S. Ramos
    • 2
    • 3
  • S. Lacau
    • 2
    • 4
  • S. G. Pompolo
    • 5
  1. 1.P-G EntomologiaUniversidade Federal de ViçosaViçosaBrazil
  2. 2.UPA Laboratório de MirmecologiaConvênio UESC-CEPECItabunaBrazil
  3. 3.CEIS Instituto de BiociênciasUNESPRio ClaroBrazil
  4. 4.Laboratoire d’EntomologieMNHNParisFrance
  5. 5.Universidade Federal de ViçosaViçosaBrazil

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