• Liu C*, Fischer G, Hita Garcia F, Yamane SK, Liu Q, Peng YQ, Economo EP, Guénard B, Pierce NE. (2020). Ants of the Hengduan Mountains: a new altitudinal survey and updated checklist for Yunnan Province highlight an understudied insect biodiversity hotspot. Zookeys. Link

  • Miao BG, Peng YQ*, Yang DR, Kubota Y, Economo EP, Liu C*. (2020). Climate and land-use interactively shape butterfly diversity in tropical rainforest and savanna ecosystems of southwestern China. Insect Science. Link

  • Liu C*, Sarnat EM, Friedman NR, Hita Garcia F, Darwell C, Booher D, Kubota Y, Mikheyev AS, Economo EP. (2020) Colonize, radiate, decline: unraveling the dynamics of island community assembly with Fijian trap-jaw ants. Evolution. Link

  • Darwell C, Fischer G, Sarnat EM, Friedman NR, Liu C, Baiao G, Mikheyev A.S, Economo EP. (2020). Genomic and phenomic analysis of island ant community assembly. Molecular Ecology. Link


  • Hita Garcia F, Lieberman Z, Audisio T, Liu C, Economo EP (2019) Revision and microtomography of the cryptic and highly specialized ant genus Discothyrea (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Afrotropical region. Insect Systematics and Diversity. 3(6): 6; 1–43 Link

  • Sarnat EM, Hita Garcia Francisco, Dudley KL, Liu C, Fischer G, Economo EP. (2019). Ready Species One: using augmented reality to enhance systematic biology with a revision of Fijian Strumigenys (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insect Systematics and Diversity. 3(6): 5; 1–84. Link



  • Staab M, Hita Garcia F, Liu C, Xu ZH, Economo EP. (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. 770:137-192. Link

  • Liu C*, Dudley KL, Xu ZH, Economo EP. (2018). Mountain metacommunities: climate and spatial connectivity shape ant diversity in a complex landscape. Ecography. 41: 101-112. Link



  • Hita Garcia F, Fischer G, Liu C, Audisio TL, Economo EP. (2017). 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 693: 33-93. Link

  • Hita Garcia F, Fischer G, Liu C, Audisio TL, Alpert GD, Fisher BL, Economo EP. (2017). X-Ray microtomography for ant taxonomy: an evaluation and case study with two new Terataner (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae) species from Madagascar. PLoS ONE 12(3): e0172641. Link



  • 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 in Southeast Asia. Ecological Monographs. 86(2): 215-227. Link



  • 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. Link

  • Liu C*, Hita Garcia F, Peng YQ, 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. Link

  • Liu C*, Guénard B, Hita Garcia F, Yamane SK, Blanchard B, Economo EP (2015) New records of ant species from Yunnan, China. Zookeys 477: 17-68. Link



  • Guénard B, Blanchard B, Liu C, Yang DR, Economo EP (2013) Rediscovery of the rare ant genus Bannapone (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Amblyoponinae) and description of the worker caste. Zootaxa 3734: 371-379. Link

  • Liu C, Yang DR, Compton SG, Peng YQ (2013) Larger fig wasps are more careful about which figs to enter – with good reason. PLoS ONE 8: e74117. Link



  • Liu C, Yang DR, Peng YQ (2011) Body size in a pollinating fig wasp and implications for stability in a fig-pollinator mutualism. Entomologia Experimentalis Et Applicata 138: 249-255. Link

  • Miao BG, Yang DR, Liu C, Yang DR, Peng YQ (2011) The impact of a gall midge on the reproductive success of Ficus benjamina, a potentially invasive fig tree. Biological Control 59: 228-233. Link

Cong Liu
Naomi Pierce Lab
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138
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