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Submitted/In Review/Revision:

  • Lee M.V, Liu C, Deyrup J.M, Li S.C, Chiutu C, Hou B, Qi Y.B, Economo E.P. (In Revision). Widespread near-infrared reflectance in ants driven by light scattering in nano-structured, layered cuticle. Journal of the Royal Society Interface.


  • Liu C, Sarnat EM, Friedman NR, Hita Garcia F, Mikheyev AS, Economo EP. (In Review). Colonize, radiate, decline: unraveling the dynamics of island community assembly with Fijian trap-jaw ants.

Published/In Press/Accepted:


  • Sarnat EM, Hita Garcia Francisco, Dudley KL, Liu C, Fischer G, Economo EP. (In press). Ready Species One: using augmented reality to enhance systematic biology with a revision of Fijian Strumigenys (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insect Systematics and Diversity.



  • Staab M., Hita Garcia F, Liu C., Xu Z.H., Economo E.P. (2018). Systematics of the ant genus Proceratium Roger (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Proceratiinae) in China – with descriptions of three new species based on micro-CT enhanced next-generation-morphology. Zookeys


  • Liu C, Dudley K, Xu Z.H, Economo E.P. (2018). Mountain metacommunities: climate and spatial connectivity shape ant diversity in a complex landscape. Ecography. 41: 101–112. PDF


  • Hita Garcia F, Fischer G, Liu C, Audisio T, Economo E.P. (In Press) Next-generation morphological character discovery and evaluation: an X-ray micro-CT enhanced revision of the ant genus Zasphinctus Wheeler (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Dorylinae) in the Afrotropics. Zookeys. PDF


  • Hita Garcia F, Fischer G, Liu C, Audisio T.L, Alpert G.D, Fisher B.L, Economo E.P. (2017). X-ray microtomography for ant taxonomy: an evaluation and case study of two new Terataner (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae) species from Madagascar. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0172641. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0172641. PDF


  • Liu C, Guénard B, Blanchard B, Peng YQ, Economo EP. (2016) Reorganization of taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic ant biodiversity patterns after conversion to rubber plantation. Ecological Monographs. 86(2): 215-227. PDF


  • Liu C, Fischer G, Economo EP (2015) A rare ant on Samoa: first record of the cryptic subfamily Proceratiinae (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) and description of a new Proceratium Roger species. Journal of Hymenoptera Research.46: 35-41. PDF
  • Liu C, Hita Garcia F, Peng Y-Q, Economo EP (2015). Aenictus yangi sp. n. – a new species of the A. ceylonicus species group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Dorylinae) from Yunnan, China. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 42: 33-45. PDF
  • Liu C, B. Guénard, F. Hita Garcia, Sk. Yamane, B. Blanchard, & E. Economo. 2015. New records of ant species from Yunnan, China. Zookeys 477: 17-68. PDF


  • Guénard, B., B. Blanchard, C. Liu, D. R. Yang, and E. Economo. 2013. Rediscovery of the rare ant genus Bannapone (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Amblyoponinae) and description of the worker caste. Zootaxa 3734(3): 371-379.  PDF
  • C. Liu, D. R. Yang, S. G. Compton, Y. Q. Peng. 2013. Larger Fig Wasps Are More Careful About Which Figs to Enter – With Good Reason. PLoS ONE 8(9): e74117. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074117.  PDF


  • C. Liu, D. R. Yang, Y. Q. Peng. 2011. Body size in a pollinating fig wasp and implications for stability in a fig-pollinator mutualism. Entomologia Experimentalis Et Applicata 138: 249-255.  PDF
  • B. G. Miao, D. R. Yang, C. Liu, Y. Q. Peng, S. G. Compton. 2011. The impact of a gall midge on the reproductive success of Ficus benjamina, a potentially invasive fig tree. Biological Control 59: 228-233.  PDF

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