Ants of Ecuador


Donoso AntLab


In Prep

42. Troya A, Salazar F, Donoso DA. Additions to the knowledge of the ant genus Cephalotes in Ecuador.

41. Donoso DA. Invasive ants in the Yasuni National Park. Where do they come from?


In Review

43. Donoso DA, Kay A, Kaspari ME. Top-down effects of litter ants in tropical brown food webs. In review at Journal of Animal Ecology.

42. Castillo-Monroy AP, Donoso DA. 2017. Avances al conocimiento y perspectivas en investigación en el bosque tropical más amenazado de Colombia. In review at Ecosistemas.

41. Gibb H, —Donoso DA among 17 coauthors—. 2017. Disturbance homogenizes body size across climates. In Review at Ecography.

40. Endara MJ, Coley PD, Ghabash G, Nicholls JA, Dexter KG, Donoso DA, Stone GN, Pennington RT, Kursar TA. Herbivores and plants: coevolutionary arms race or evolutionary defense chase?. In Review at PNAS.


Peer Reviewed

39. Roslin T, —Donoso DA among 35 coauthors—. 2017. Higher predation risk for insect prey at low latitudes and elevations. Science 356: 742–744. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaj1631 Click here for PDF

38. Donoso DA. 2017. Subfamily Agroecomyrmecinae. Ants of Colombia.

37. Donoso DA. 2017. Long-term stable equilibrium of a tropical ant community. Ecological Indicators. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.03.022. Click here for PDF

36. Tiede Y, Donoso DA, Bendix J, Brandl R, Farwig N. 2017. Ants as functional indicators in megadiverse mountain rainforests in Ecuador. Ecological Indicators. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.01.029. Click here for PDF

35. Wallis CIB, Brehm G, Donoso DA, Fiedler K, Homeier J, Paulsch D, Süßenbach D, Tiede Y, Brandl R, Farwig N, Bendix J. 2017. Predictability of species richness and turnover in a biodiversity hotspot using topography and remote sensing information. Ecological Indicators. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.01.022. Click here for PDF

34. Cárdenas RE, Donoso DA, Argoti A, Dangles O. 2017. Functional consequences of realistic extinction scenarios in Amazonian soil food webs. Ecosphere. Article e01692. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1692 Click here for PDF

33. Gibb H, —Donoso DA among 70 coauthors—. 2017. A global database of ant species abundances. Ecology. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1682 Click here for PDF

32. Parr CL, —Donoso DA among 24 coauthors—. 2017. GlobalAnts: a new database on the geography of ant traits (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insect Conservation and Diversity 10(1): 5–20. DOI: 10.1111/icad.12211 Click here for PDF

31. Ceríaco LMP, —Donoso DA among 490 coauthors—. 2016. Photography-based taxonomy is inadequate, unnecessary, and potentially harmful for biological sciences. Zootaxa 4196(3): 435–445. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4196.3.9 Click here for PDF

30. Baez S, Jaramillo L, Cuesta F, Donoso DA. 2016. Effects of climate change on the biodiversity of the Andean Region: a synthesis of published studies until 2015. Neotropical Biodiversity 2(1): 181–194. DOI: 10.1080/23766808.2016.1248710 Click here for PDF

29. Baez S, Donoso DA, Jaramillo L, Queensborough S, Valencia R, Dangles O. 2016. Ant mutualism increases long-term growth and survival of a common Amazonian tree. American Naturalist 188(5): 1–8. DOI: 10.1086/688401 Click here for PDF

28. Dominguez DF, Bustamante M, Albuja RA, Castro A, Lattke JE, Donoso DA. 2016. COI barcodes for ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of drylands in the south of Ecuador. Ecosistemas 25(2): 76–78. DOI: 10.7818/ECOS.2016.25-2.09 Click here for PDF

27. Amorim DS, —Donoso DA among 50 coauthors—. 2016. Timeless standards for species delimitation: A critique of the use of images as types. Zootaxa 4137(1): 121–128. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4137.1.9 Click here for PDF

26. Castillo-Monroy AP, Benitez A, Reyes-Bueno F, Donoso DA & Cueva A. 2016. Elevational changes in biocrust components in a tropical scrubland. Journal of Arid Ecosystems 124: 31 – 38. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2015.06.015 Click here for PDF

25. Delsinne T, Sonet G, Donoso DA. 2015. Two new species of Leptanilloides Mann (Formicidae: Dorylinae) from the Andes of southern Ecuador. European Journal of Taxonomy 143: 1 – 35. DOI:10.5852/ejt.2015.143 Click here for PDF

24. Gibb H, —Donoso DA among 42 coauthors—. 2015. Climate regulates the effects of disturbance on ant assemblage structure. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B 282: 20150418. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0418. Click here for PDF

23. Salazar F, Reyes-Bueno F, Sanmartin D, Donoso DA. 2015. Mapping continental ecuadorian ant species. Sociobiology 62(2): 132 – 162. DOI: 10.13102/sociobiology.v62i2.132-162 Click here for PDF


Special Volume on Forensic Entomology in Ecuador. Supported by Fiscalía General del Estado. Edited by Donoso DA & Paucar-Cabrera A.

22. ϕ Ramón G, Donoso DA. 2015. The role of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in forensic entomology. Revista Ecuatoriana de Medicina y Ciencias Biológicas 36: 19 – 26. Click here for PDF

21. Salazar F, Donoso DA. 2015. Catalogo de insectos con valor forense en el Ecuador. Revista Ecuatoriana de Medicina y Ciencias Biológicas 36: 49 – 59. Click here for PDF

20. García AB, Donoso DA. 2015. Casos sin resolver y la entomología forense en Ecuador. Revista Ecuatoriana de Medicina y Ciencias Biológicas 36: 61 – 65. Click here for PDF


19. Clay NA, Donoso DA, Kaspari M. 2015. Urine as an important sodium source increases decomposition in a Na-poor but not Na-rich tropical forest. Oecologia 177(2): 571 – 579. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-014-3183-4. Click here for PDF

18. Donoso DA, Onore G, Ramón G, Lattke JE. 2014. Invasive ants of Ecuador, a first account. Revista Ecuatoriana de Medicina y Ciencias Biológicas 35: 133 – 141. Click here for PDF

17. Kaspari M, Clay NA, Donoso DA, Yanoviak S. 2014. Sodium fertilization increases termites and enhances decomposition in an Amazonian forest. Ecology 95(4): 795 – 800. Click here for PDF

16. Donoso DA. 2014. Assembly mechanisms shaping tropical litter ant communities. Ecography 37: 490 – 499. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2013.00253.x. Click here for PDF

15. Shik JZ, Donoso DA, Kaspari M. 2013. The life history continuum hypothesis links traits of male ants with life outside the nest. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 149(2): 99 – 109. Click here for PDF

14. Ramón G, Barragán A, Donoso DA. 2013. Can clay banks increase the local ant species richness of a montane forest? Métodos en Ecología y Sistemática 8: 37 – 53. Click here for PDF

13. Salazar F, Donoso DA. 2013. New ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) records for Ecuador deposited at the Carl Rettenmeyer ant collection in the QCAZ Museum. Boletín Tecnico 11, Serie Zoológica 8-9: 151 – 177. Click here for PDF

12. Donoso DA, Johnston MK, Clay N, Kaspari ME. 2013. Trees and seasonality as templates for trophic structure of tropical litter arthropod communities. Soil Biology and Biogeochemistry 61: 45 – 61. Click here for PDF

11. Kaspari ME, Donoso DA, Lucas JA, Zumbusch T, Kay AD. 2012. Using nutritional ecology to predict community structure: a field test in Neotropical ants. Ecosphere 3: 1 – 15. Click here for PDF

10.Donoso DA. 2012. Additions to the taxonomy of the armadillo ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Tatuidris). Zootaxa 3503: 61 – 81. Click here for PDF

9. § Donoso DA, Johnston MK, Kaspari M. 2010. Trees as templates for tropical litter arthropod diversity. Oecologia 164(1): 201 – 211. Click here for PDF


Special Volume on Entomology of Ecuador. Supported by IRD and PUCE. Edited by Olivier Dangles.

8. Donoso DA, Salazar F, Maza F, Cárdenas RE, Dangles O. 2009. Diversity and distribution of type specimens deposited in the Invertebrate section of the Museum of Zoology QCAZ, Quito, Ecuador. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France (n.s.) 45(4): 437 – 454. Click here for PDF

7. Carpio C, Donoso DA, Ramón G, Dangles O. 2009. Short-term response of dung beetle communities to disturbance by road construction in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France (n.s.) 45(4): 455 – 469. Click here for PDF

6. Donoso DA, Ramón G. 2009. Composition of a high diversity leaf litter ant community (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from an Ecuadorian pre-montane rainforest. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France (n.s.) 45(4): 487 – 499. Click here for PDF


5. Donoso DA, Vieira JM, Wild AL. 2006. Three new species of Leptanilloides Mann from Andean Ecuador (Formicidae: Leptanilloidinae). Zootaxa 1201: 47 – 62. Click here for PDF



4. Salazar F, Donoso DA. 2017. Con insectos hasta en la sopa. Revista Nuestra Ciencia 19: 37 – 40.

3. Donoso DA, Pinto M, Carpio C (2017) Editorial: Códigos de barras de ADN y el acceso a los recursos genéticos para potenciar al sector agropecuario. Ecuador es Calidad 4: 10–13. Click here for PDF

2. Donoso DA. 2017. Patrones Macro de la Diversidad del Yasuni. In: Erwin TL, Pimienta MC (2017) Monitoreo Biológico Yasuní. Vol 7. Insectos y arañas de dosel. ECG. Quito. Ecuador. Click here for PDF

1. Salazar F, Donoso DA. 2014. El mundo de los invertebrados: en busca del número total de especies del Ecuador. Revista Nuestra Ciencia 16: 37 – 40. Click here for PDF