Dr. Wesley Dáttilo

Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI II)

Investigador Titular A, Red de Ecoetología

Tel: +52 (228) 842 1800 ext. 4123

Edificio “A”, 3er piso

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Para más información sobre nuestros proyectos y oportunidades para estudios de Maestría, Doctorado y Postdoctorado, puede visitar el sitio web de nuestro laboratorio: www.wesleydattilo.org

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Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7UnH-TQAAAAJ&hl


Líneas de investigación

Ecología tropical, biología de la conservación, ecología del paisaje, redes ecológicas y interacciones planta-animal.



Todos los seres vivos están conectados por sus interacciones ecológicas, formando una gran "red de la vida". En nuestro laboratorio, nosotros combinamos: historia natural, modelaje matemático, sistemas de información geográfica (SIG), extensos inventarios de campo y banco de datos para comprender la dinámica ecológica y evolutiva de las interacciones entre los organismos y cual es su papel para el mantenimiento de la biodiversidad. Nosotros utilizamos herramientas derivadas de la teoría de redes complejas para comprender el funcionamiento de los ecosistemas y como ellos son robustos a diferentes perturbaciones ambientales. La mayor parte de nuestros estudios se basan en México y Brasil.



  •  Licenciatura en Biología, Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense, Brasil - 2009.
  •  Maestría en Ecología y Conservación de la Biodiversidad, Instituto de Ecología, Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Brasil – 2012.
  •  Doctorado en Neuroetología, Universidad Veracruzana, México – 2015.


Labor Editorial

  • Network Biology (2017-A la fecha)
  • Sociobiology – Editor Asociado (2012-A la fecha)
  • EntomoBrasilis – Editor Asociado (2014- A la fecha)
  • Journal of Agricultural Research and Natural Resources (2012-2013)




  • Luna, P.; Villalobos, F.; Escobar, F.; Neves, F.; Dáttilo, W. (2022). Global trends in the trophic specialization of flower-visitor networks are explained by current and historical climate. Ecology Letters 25: 113-124.
  • Tonella et al. (many authors including Dáttilo, W.) (2022). NEOTROPICAL FRESHWATER FISHES: a dataset of occurrence and abundance of freshwater fishes in the Neotropics. Ecology (in press).
  • Silva et al. (many authors including Dáttilo, W.) (2022). ATLANTIC ANTS: a dataset of ants in Atlantic Forests of South America. Ecology (in press).
  • Corro, E.J.; Villalobos, F.; Lira-Noriega, A.; Guevara, R.; Dáttilo, W.  (2022). Current climate and latitude shape the structure of bat-fruit interaction networks throughout the Neotropical region. Écoscience (in press).
  • Pereira et al. (many authors including Dáttilo, W.) (2022). Subtle structures with not-so-subtle functions: a dataset of arthropod constructs and their host plants. Ecology (in press).
  • Ahuatzin, D.A.; González-Tokman, D.; Valenzuela-González; Escobar, F.; Ribeiro, M.C.; López-Acosta, J.C.; Dáttilo, W. (2022). (2021). Sampling bias in multiscale ant diversity responses to landscape composition in a human-disturbed rainforest. Insectes Sociaux (in press).
  • Lourenço, G.M.; Dáttilo, W.; Ribeiro, S.P.; Freitas, A.V.L. (2022). Biological aspects and movements of Neotropical fruit-feeding butterflies. Neotropical Entomology (in press).
  • Schmidt et al. (many authors including Dáttilo, W.) (2022). Ant diversity studies in Brazil: an overview of the myrmecological research in a megadiverse country. Insectes Sociaux (in press).



  • Dáttilo, W. and MacGregor-Fors, I. (2021). Ant social foraging strategies along a Neotropical gradient of urbanization. Scientific Reports 11: id6119.
  • Mendes et al. (many authors including Dáttilo, W.) (2021). HOW MUCH LEAF AREA DO INSECTS EAT? A dataset of insect herbivory sampled globally with a standardized protocol. Ecology 102: e03301.
  • Joaqui, T.; Cultid-Medina, C.A.; Dáttilo, W.; Escobar, F. (2021). Different dung beetle diversity patterns emerge from overlapping biotas in a large mountain range of the Mexican Transition Zone. Journal of Biogeography 48: 1284-1295.
  • Corro, E.J.; Villalobos, F.; Lira-Noriega, A.; Guevara, R.; Guimarães-Jr, P.R.; Dáttilo, W.  (2021). Annual precipitation predicts the phylogenetic signal in bat—fruit interaction networks across the Neotropics. Biology Letters 17: id20210478.
  • Antoniazzi, R.; Camarota, F.; Leponce, M.; Dáttilo, W. (2021). Discovery-defense strategy as a mechanism of social foraging of ants in tropical rainforest canopies. Behavioral Ecology 32: 1022-1031.
  • Pena, J.C.; Aoki-Gonçalves, F.; Dáttilo, W.; Ribeiro, M.C.; MacGregor-Fors, I. (2021). Caterpillars’ natural enemies and attack probability in an urbanization intensity gradient across a Neotropical streetscape. Ecological Indicators 128: id107851.
  • Araújo, G.J.; Storck-Tonon, D.;  Dáttilo, W.; Izzo, T.J.  (2021). Is being green what matters? Functional diversity of cavity-nesting bees and wasps and their interaction networks with parasites in different reforestation types in Amazonia. Insect Conservation and Diversity 14: 620-634.
  • Neves, F.S.; Da Silva, P.G.; Solar, R.; Nunes, C.A.; Beirão, M.V.; Brant, H.; Castro, F.S.; Dáttilo, W.; Guevara, R.; Fernandes, G.W. (2021). Habitat generalists drive nestedness in a tropical mountaintop insect metacommunity. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 133: 577-586.
  • Teixido, A.L.; Sehn, H.; Quintanilla, L.G.; Gonçalves, S.R.A.; Arellano, G.J.F.; Dáttilo, W.; Izzo, T.J.; Layme, V.M.; Moreira, L.F.B. (2021). A meta-analysis of the effects of fragmentation on the megadiverse herpetofauna of Brazil.  Biotropica 53: 726-737.
  • Mello, R.M.; Laurindo, R.S.; Silva, L.C.; Pyles, M.V.; Mancini, M.C.S.; Dáttilo, W.; Gregorin, R. (2021). Landscape configuration and composition shape mutualistic and antagonistic interactions among plants, bats, and ectoparasites in human-dominated tropical rainforests. Acta Oecologica 112: 103769.
  • Antoniazzi, R.; Guevara, R.; García-Franco, J.; Janda, M.; Leponce, M.; Dáttilo, W. (2021). Environmental drivers of ant dominance in a tropical rainforest canopy at different spatial scales.  Ecological Entomology 46: 440-450.
  • 121) Regolin, A.L.; Muylaert, R.L.; Crestani, A.C.; Dáttilo, W.; Ribeiro, M.C. (2021). Seed dispersal by Neotropical bats in human-disturbed landscapes. Wildlife Research 48: 1-6.
  • Luna, P.; García-Chávez, J.H.; Izzo, T.; Sosa, V.J.; Del-Claro, K.;  Dáttilo, W. (2021). Neutral and niche‐based factors simultaneously drive seed and invertebrate removal by red harvester ants. Ecological Entomology 46: 816-826.
  • Ribeiro, S.P.; Reis, A.B.; Dáttilo, W.; Silva, A.V.C.C., Barbosa, E.A.G., Coura-Vital, W.; Góes-Neto, A.; Azevedo, V.A.C.; Fernandes, G.W.  (2021). From Spanish Flu to Syndemic COVID-19: long-standing sanitarian vulnerability of Manaus, warnings from the Brazilian rainforest gateway. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências 93: e20210431
  • Viana-Junior, A.B.; Mitraud, P.; Dáttilo, W.; DeSouza, O.; Neves, F.S. (2021). Elevational environmental stress modulating species cohabitation in nests of a social insect. Ecological Entomology 46: 48-55.
  • Luna, P. and Dáttilo, W. (2021). Disentangling plant-animal interactions into complex networks: a multi-view approach and perspectives. In: Del-Claro, K. and Torezan-Silingardi, H. (Eds.) Book:  Plant-Animal Interactions: sources of biodiversity. Springer Publisher. pp. 261-281.
  • Mendes et al. (many authors including Dáttilo, W.) (2020). HOW MUCH LEAF AREA DO INSECTS EAT? A dataset of insect herbivory sampled globally with a standardized protocol . Ecology (in press).
  • Tonella et al. (many authors including Dáttilo, W.) (2020). NEOTROPICAL FRESHWATER FISHES: a dataset of occurrence and abundance of freshwater fishes in the Neotropics. Ecology (in press).
  • Neves, F.S.; Da Silva, P.G.; Solar, R.; Nunes, C.A.; Beirão, M.V.; Brant, H.; Castro, F.S.; Dáttilo, W.; Guevara, R.; Fernandes, G.W. (2020). Habitat generalists drive nestedness in a tropical mountaintop insect metacommunity. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (in press).
  • Antoniazzi, R.; Viana-Jr, A.; Pelayo-Martínez, J.; Ortiz-Lozada, L.; Neves, F.S.; Leponce, M.; Dáttilo, W. (2020). Distance-decay patterns differ between canopy and ground ant assemblages in a tropical rainforest. Journal of Tropical Ecology (in press).
  • Antoniazzi, R.; Guevara, R.; García-Franco, J.; Janda, M.; Leponce, M.; Dáttilo, W. (2020). Environmental drivers of ant dominance in a tropical rainforest canopy at different spatial scales. Ecological Entomology (in press).
  • Regolin, A.L.; Muylaert, R.L.; Crestani, A.C.; Dáttilo, W.; Ribeiro, M.C. (2020). Seed dispersal by Neotropical bats in human-disturbed landscapes. Wildlife Research (in press)
  • Viana-Junior, A.B.; Mitraud, P.; Dáttilo, W.; DeSouza, O.; Neves, F.S. (2020). Elevational environmental stress modulating species cohabitation in nests of a social insect. Ecological Entomology 46: 48-55.
  • Luna, P. and Dáttilo, W. (2021). Disentangling plant-animal interactions into complex networks: from species to individuals. In: Del-Claro, K. and Torezan-Silingardi, H. (Eds.) Book: Plant-Animal Interactions: sources of biodiversity. Springer Publisher (in press).



  • Dáttilo, W. et al. (many authors) (2020). MEXICO ANTS: incidence and abundance along the Nearctic-Neotropical interface. Ecology 101: e02944.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Barrozo-Chávez, N.; Lira-Noriega, A.; Guevara, R.; Villalobos, F.; Santiago-Alarcon, D.; Neves, F.S.; Izzo, T.J.; Ribeiro, S.P. (2020). Species-level drivers of mammalian ectoparasite faunas. Journal of Animal Ecology 89: 1754-1765.
  • González-Tokman, D.; Córdoba-Aguilar, A.; Dáttilo, W.; Lira-Noriega, A.; Sánchez-Guillén, R.A.; Villalobos, F. (2020). Insect responses to heat: physiological mechanisms, evolution and ecological implications in a warming world. Biological Reviews 95: 802-821.
  • Carreira, D.C.; Dáttilo, W.; Bruno, D.L.; Percequillo, A.; Ferraz, K.M.P.M.B.; Galetti, M. (2020). Small vertebrates are key elements in the frugivory networks of a hyperdiverse tropical forest. Scientific Reports 10: id10594.
  • Rosa et al. (many authors including Dáttilo, W.) (2020). NEOTROPICAL ALIEN MAMMALS: a dataset of occurrence and abundance of alien mammals in the Neotropics. Ecology 101: e03115.
  • Marín-Gómez, O.H.; Dáttilo, W.; Sosa-Lopez, J.R.; Santiago-Alarcón, D.; MacGregor-Fors, I. (2020). Where has the city choir gone? Loss of the temporal structure of bird dawn choruses in urban areas. Landscape and Urban Planning 194: id103665.
  • Chávez-González, E.; Vizentin-Bugoni, J.; Vázquez, D.P.; MacGregor-Fors, I.; Dáttilo, W.; Ortiz-Pulido, R.. (2020). Drivers of the structure of plant-hummingbird interaction networks at multiple temporal scales. Oecologia 193: 913–924.
  • Silva, C.V.C.; Goldas, C.S.; Dáttilo, W.; Dröse, W.; Mendonça-Jr, M.S.; Podgaiski, L.R. (2020). Effects of time-since-fire on ant-plant interactions in southern Brazilian grasslands. Ecological Indicators 122: id106094.
  • Teixido, A.; Gonçalves, S.R.A.; Arellano, G.; Dáttilo, W.; Izzo, T.J.; Layme, V.; Moreira, L.; Quintanilla, L. (2020). Major biases and knowledge gaps on fragmentation research in Brazil: implications for conservation. Biological Conservation 251: id108749.
  • Nagy-Reis et al. (many authors including Dáttilo, W.) (2020). NEOTROPICAL CARNIVORES: a dataset on carnivore distribution in the Neotropics. Ecology 101: e03128.
  • Messeder, J.V.S.; Guerra, T.J.; Dáttilo, W.; Silveira, F.A.O. (2020). Searching for keystone plant resources in fruit-frugivore interaction networks across the Neotropics. Biotropica 52: 857-870.
  • Campião, K. and Dáttilo, W. (2020). Biological drivers of individual-based anuran-parasite networks under contrasting environmental conditions. Journal of Helminthology 94: e167.
  • Antoniazzi, R.; García-Franco, J.; Janda, M.; Leponce, M.; Dáttilo, W. (2020). Diurnal foraging ant–tree co-occurrence networks are similar between canopy and understorey in a Neotropical rainforest. Biotropica 52: 717-729.
  • Luna, P.; Corro, E.; Antoniazzi, R.; Dáttilo, W. (2020). Measuring and linking the missing part of biodiversity and ecosystem function: the diversity of biotic interactions. Diversity 12(3): id86.
  • Ramírez-Ortiz, H.; Dáttilo, W.; Yañez-Arenas, C.; Lira-Noriega, A. (2020). Potential distribution and predator-prey interactions with terrestrial vertebrates of four pet commercialized exotic snakes in Mexico. Acta Oecologica 103: id103526.
  • Salazar-Rivera, G.I.; Dáttilo, W.; Castillo-Campos, G.; Flores-Estévez, N.; RamírezGarcía, B.; Ruelas-Inzunza, E. (2020). The frugivory network properties of a simplified ecosystem: birds and plants in a neotropical periurban park. Ecology and Evolution 10: 8579-8591.
  • Dáttilo, W. et al. (many authors) (2020). Mexico’s ants: Who are they and where do they live?. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 101(2): e01666.
  • Ribeiro, S.P.; Dáttilo, W.; Barbosa, D.S.; Coura-Vital, W.; Das Chagas, I.A.S.; Dias, C.P.; Silva, A.C.; Morais, M.H.F.; Góes-Neto, A.; Azevedo, V.A.C.; Fernandes, G.W.; Reis, A.B. (2020). Worldwide COVID-19 spreading explained: traveling numbers as a primary driver for the pandemic. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências 92(3): e20201139.
  • Ribeiro, S.P.; Silva, A.C.; Dáttilo, W.; Reis, A.B.; Góes-Neto, A.; Alcantara, L.C.J.; Giovanetti, M.; Coura-Vital, W.; Fernandes, G.W.; Azevedo, V.A.C. (2020). Severe airport sanitarian control could slow down the spreading of COVID-19 pandemics in Brazil. PeerJ 8: e9446.
  • Lourenço, G.M.; Luna, P.; Guevara, R.; Dáttilo, W.; Freitas, A.V.L.; Ribeiro, S.P. (2020). Temporal shifts in butterfly diversity: responses to natural and anthropic forest transitions. Journal of Insect Conservation 24: 353-363.
  • Fernandes, T.T.; Dáttilo, W.; Silva, R.R., Luna, P.; Braz, A.B.; Morini, M.S.C. (2020). Cohabitation and niche overlap in the occupation of twigs by arthropods in the leaf litter of Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Insectes Sociaux 67: 239-247.
  • Antoniazzi, R.; Ahuatzin, D.; Pelayo-Martínez. J.; Ortiz-Lozada, L.; Leponce, M.; Dáttilo, W. (2020). On the effectiveness of hand collection to complement baits when studying ant vertical stratification in tropical rainforests. Sociobiology 67: 213-222.
  • Monteiro, G.F.; Macedo-Reis, L.E.; Dáttilo, W.; Fernandes, G.W.; Castro, F.S.; Neves, F.S. (2020). Ecological interactions among insect herbivores, ants and the host plant Baccharis dracunculifolia in a Brazilian mountain ecosystem. Austral Ecology 45: 158-167.
  • Díaz-Castelazo, C.; Martínez-Adriano, C.A.; Dáttilo, W.; Rico-Gray, V. (2019). Relative contribution of ecological and biological attributes in the fine-grain structure of ant-plant networks. PeerJ 8: e8314.
  • Pena, J.C.C.; Luna, P.; Aoki-Gonçalves, F.; Jacobo, M.F.C.; Patiño, T.M.; Sánchez-Morales, K.; Viver-Vázquez, M.; García-Chavez, J.H.; Dáttilo, W. (2020). I can see you: temporal variation in ant aggressiveness towards herbivores under continuous provision of high- or low-quality food sources. Sociobiology 67: 26-32.
  • Corro, E.; Dáttilo, W.; Villalobos, F. (2020). A macroecological perspective on antagonistic interactions through the lens of ecological networks. In: Santiago-Alarcon, D. and Marzal, A. (Eds.) Book: Avian malaria and related parasites in the tropics: ecology, evolution, and systematics. ISBN: 978-3-030-51632-1. Springer Publisher. pp. 331-347
  • Luna, P.; Antoniazzi, R.; Ahuatzin, D.; Teodosio, I.; Corro, E.; Dáttilo, W. (2020). Los verdaderos productores de nuestros alimentos están en riesgo: los polinizadores. In: Esper, B.A.; Cruz, D.M.; García, A.K.D.; Navarro, F.C. (Eds.) Book: De costa a costa: la unión lace la ciencia. ISBN: 978-607-97181-3-8. Instituto de Apoyo a la Investigación e Innovación. pp. 17-18.



  • Dáttilo, W. and Vasconcelos, H.L. (2019). Macroecological patterns and correlates of ant-tree interaction networks in Neotropical savannas. Global Ecology and Biogeography 28: 1283-1294.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Vizentin-Bugoni, J.; Debastiani, V.; Jordano, P.; Izzo, T.J. (2019). The influence of spatial sampling scales on ant-plant interaction network architecture. Journal of Animal Ecology 88: 903-914.
  • Santos, P.M. et al. (many authors including Dáttilo, W.) (2019). Neotropical Xenarthrans: a dataset of ocurruence of xenarthran species in the neotropics. Ecology 100: e02663.
  • Corro, E.J.; Ahuatzin, D.A.; Aguirre, A.; Favila, M.E..; Ribeiro, M.C.; Acosta, J.C.L.; Dáttilo, W. (2019). Forest cover and landscape heterogeneity shape ant-plant co-occurrence networks in human-dominated tropical rainforests. Landscape Ecology 34: 93-104.
  • Alvarado, F; Dáttilo, W.; Escobar, F. (2019). Linking dung beetle’s diversity and its ecological function in a gradient of livestock intensification management in the Neotropical region. Applied Soil Ecology 143: 173-180.
  • Ferndandes, T.; Dáttilo, W.; Silva, R.R.; Luna, P.; Oliveira, C.; Morini, M.S.C. (2019). Ant occupation of twigs in the leaf litter of the Atlantic Forest: influence of the environment and external twig structure. Tropical Conservation Science 12: 1-9.
  • Anjos, D.V.; Luna, P.; Borges, C.; Dáttilo, W.; Del-Claro, K. (2019). Structural changes over time in individual-based networks involving a harvester ant, seeds and invertebrates. Ecological Entomology 44: 753-761.
  • Antoniazzi, R.; Garro, R.N.S.L.; Dáttilo, W.; Ribeiro, S.P.; Neves, F.S. (2019) Ant species richness and interactions in canopies of two distinct successional stages in a tropical dry forest. The Science of Nature 106: 20 (1-14).
  • Ahuatzin, D.A.; Corro, E.J.; Aguirre, A.; Valenzuela-González, J.; Feitosa, R.M.; Ribeiro, M.C.; Acosta, J.C.; Coates, R.; Dáttilo, W. (2019). Forest cover drives leaf litter ant diversity in primary rainforest remnants within human-modified tropical landscapes. Biodiversity and Conservation 28: 1091-1107.
  • Miranda, P.N.; Ribeiro, J.E.L.S.; Luna, P.; Brasil, I.; Delabie, J.H.C.; Dáttilo, W. (2019). The dilemma of binary or weighted data in interaction networks. Ecological Complexity 38: 1-10.
  • Lourenço, G.M.; Soares, G.R.; Santos, T.P.; Dáttilo, W.; Freitas, A.V.L.; Ribeiro, S.P.(2019). Equal but different: natural ecotones are dissimilar to anthropic edges. PLoS One 14(3): e0213008.
  • Chávez-González, E.; Dáttilo, W.; Ortiz-Pulido, R. (2019). Las relaciones entre colibríes y plantas desde un enfoque mexicanísimo. Biodiversitas 144: 2-5.


  • Salomão, R.P.; González-Tokman, D.; Dáttilo, W.; Acosta, J.C.L.; Favila, M.E. (2018). Landscape structure and composition define the body condition of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeinae) in a fragmented tropical rainforest. Ecological Indicators 88: 144-151.
  • Izzo, T.J.; Piedade, M.T.F.; Dáttilo, W. (2018). Postponing the production of ant domatia as a strategy promoting an escape from flooding in an Amazonian myrmecophyte. 122: 985-911. 
  • Koch, E.; Dáttilo, W.; Camarota, F.; Vasconcelos, H.L. (2018). From species to individuals: does the variation in ant-plant networks scale result in structural and functional changes?. Population Ecology 60: 309-3018.
  • Anjos, D.V.; Dáttilo, W.; Del-Claro, K. (2018). Unmasking the architecture of ant–diaspore networks in the Brazilian Savanna. PLoS One 13: e0201117.
  • Fagundes, R.; Lange, D.; Anjos, D.V.; Lima, F.P.; Nahas, L.; Corro, E.; Silva, P.B.G.; Del-Claro, K.; Ribeiro, S.P.; Dáttilo, W. (2018). Limited effects of fire disturbances on the species diversity and structure of ant-plant interaction networks in Brazilian Cerrado. Acta Oecologica93: 65-73.
  • Aguirre, A.; Dáttilo, W.; Rodríguez-Morales, D.; Canchola-Orozco, S.; Cocoletzi, E.; Coates, R.; Ángeles, G. (2018). Foraging ants on the extrafloral nectaries repel nectar thieves but not the effective pollinator of Vigna luteola (Fabaceae) in a Mexican coastal sand dune. Sociobiology 65: 621-629.
  • Ramos-Robles, M.; Dáttilo, W.; Andresen, E.; Díaz-Castelazo, C. (2018). Fruit traits and temporal abundance shape plant-frugivore interaction networks in a seasonal tropical forest. The Science of Nature 105: 29 (1-11).
  • Luna, P.; García-Chavez, J.; Dáttilo, W. (2018). Complex foraging ecology of the red harvester ant and its effect on the soil seed bank. Acta Oecologica 86: 57-65. 
  • Luna, P.; Peñaloza-Arellane, Y.; Castillo-Meza, A.L.; García-Chávez, J.H.; Dáttilo, W.(2018). Beta diversity of ant-plant interactions over day-night periods and plant physiognomies in a semiarid environment. Journal of Arid Environments 156: 69-76. 
  • Luna, P. and Dáttilo, W. (2018). A new protocol using artificial seeds to evaluate dietary preferences of harvester ants in semi-arid environments. Sociobiology 65: 149-154. 
  • Luna, P.; Anjos, D.V.; García-Chávez, J.H.; Dáttilo, W. (2018). Exploring the vegetation: Seed harvester ants climb and remove seeds from a giant cactus in a semiarid environment. Journal of Arid Environments 156:106-109. 
  • Flores-Flores, R.V.; Aguirre, A.; Anjos, D.V.; Neves, F.S.; Campos, R.I.; Dáttilo, W.(2018). Food source quality and ant dominance hierarchy influence the outcomes of ant-plant interactions in an arid environment. Acta Oecologica 87: 13-19. 
  • Dáttilo, W. and Rico-Gray, V. (Eds.) (2018). Book: Ecological Networks in the Tropics: An Integrative Overview of Species Interactions from Some of the Most Species-Rich Habitats on Earth. ISBN: 978-3-319-68227-3. Springer. 201p. 
  • Del-Claro, K.; Lange, D.; Torezan-Silingardi, H.M.; Anjos, D.V.; Calixto, E.S.; Dáttilo, W. and Rico-Gray, V. (2018). The complex relationships between ants and plants into tropical ecological networks. In: Dáttilo, W. and Rico-Gray, V. (Eds.) Book: Ecological Networks in the Tropics: An Integrative Overview of Species Interactions from Some of the Most Species-Rich Habitats on Earth. Springer Publisher. pp. 59-71. 
  • Antoniazzi-Jr, R.; Dáttilo, W. and Rico-Gray, V. (2018). A useful guide of main indices and software used for ecological networks studies. In: Dáttilo, W. and Rico-Gray, V. (Eds.) Book: Ecological Networks in the Tropics: An Integrative Overview of Species Interactions from Some of the Most Species-Rich Habitats on Earth. Springer Publisher.pp. 185-196.


  • Roslin, T.; Hardwick, B.; Novotny, V.; Petry, W.K.; Andrew, N.R.; Asmus, A.; Barrio, I.C.; Basset, Y.; Boesing, A.L.; Bonebrake T.C.; Cameron, E.K. Dáttilo, W.; et al. (2017). Higher predation risk for insect prey at low latitudes and elevations. Science 356: 742–744.
  • Falcão, J.C.F.; Dáttilo, W.; Díaz-Castelazo, C.; Rico-Gray, V. (2017). Assessing the impacts of tramp and invasive species on the structure and dynamics of ant-plant interaction networks. Biological Conservation 209: 517-523.
  • Guerra, T.J.; Dayrell, R.L.C.; Arruda, A.J.; Dáttilo, W.; Teixido, A.L.; Messeder, J.V.S.; Silveira, F.A.O. (2017). Intraspecific variation in fruit-frugivore interactions: effects of fruiting neighbourhood and consequences for seed dispersal. Oecologia 185: 233–243.
  • Pinho, B.X.; Dáttilo, W.; Leal, I.R. (2017). Structural breakdown of specialized plant-herbivore interaction networks in tropical forest edges. Global Ecology and Conservartion 12: 1-8.
  • Gadelha, Y.; Lange, D.; Dáttilo, W.; Cortês-Lopes, B. (2017). Phenological phases of the host plant shape plant-treehopper interaction networks. Ecological Entomology 42: 827-837.
  • Fagundes, R.; Dáttilo, W.; Ribeiro, S.P.; Rico-Gray, V.; Jordano, P.; Del-Claro, K. (2017). Differences between ant species in plant protection are influenced by the production of extrafloral nectar and related to the degree of leaf herbivory. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 122: 71-83.
  • Luna, P.; Corro-Mendéz, E.; Ahuatzin-Flores, D.A.; Antoniazzi-J, R.L.; Barrozo-Chávez, N.; Chávez-González. E.; Morales-Trejo, J.; Dáttilo, W. (2017). The risk of use small matrices to measure specialization in host-parasite interaction networks: a comment to Rivera-García et al. (2016). Parasitology 144: 1102-1106
  • Dáttilo, W.; Aguirre A.; Flores-Flores R.V.; Ahuatzin-Flores D.A.; Corro-Mendez E. (2017). Plantas, hormigas y herbívoros interactúan en un ambiente semiárido en el centro de México, ¿cómo lo hacen?. Biodiversitas 132: 12-16.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Falcão, J.C.F.; Rico-Gray, V. (2017). Efecto de la dominancia jerárquica de las hormigas y del esfuerzo de muestreo sobre la estructura de las redes de interacciones hormiga-planta. pp. 77-86. In: Orduña, F.G.; Hernández, M.J.R.; Landa, J.F.R.; Castilla, P.C. (Eds.) Book: Naturaleza, Cerebro y Conducta. Editorial de la Universidad Veracruzana.
  • Dáttilo, W. ; Ahuatzin-Flores, D.A.; Corro-Mendez, E.J.; Escobar, F.; MacGregor-Fors, I. (2017). Redes complexas no estudo das interações ecológicas entre formigas e plantas em ambientes urbanos: um novo modelo conceitual. pp. 265-284. In: Bueno, O.C.; Campos, A.E.C.; Morini, M.S.C. (Eds.) Book: Formigas em Ambientes Urbanos do Brasil. Canal 6 Editora.


  • Dáttilo, W.; Lara-Rodríguez, N.; Jordano, P.; Guimarães-Jr, P.; Thompson, J.N.; Marquis, R.J.; Medeiros, L.P.; Ortiz-Pulido, R.; Marcos-García, M.A.; Rico-Gray, V. (2016). Unraveling Darwin's entangled bank: architecture and robustness of mutualistic networks with multiple interaction types. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: id20161564. 
  • Dáttilo, W.; Aguirre, A.; De La Torre, L.P.; Kaminski, L.A.; García-Chavez, J.; Rico-Gray, V. (2016). Trait-mediated indirect interactions of ant shape on the attack of caterpillars and fruits. Biology Letters 12: id20160401. 
  • Falcão, J.C.F.; Dáttilo, W.; Rico-Gray, V. (2016). Sampling effort differences can lead to biased conclusions on the architecture of ant-plant interaction networks.Ecological Complexity25: 44-52.
  • Benítez-Malvido, J.; Dáttilo, W.; Martínez-Falcón, A.P; Duran-Barron, C.; Valenzuela, J.; Lopez, S.; Lombera, R. (2016). The multiple impacts of tropical forest fragmentation on arthropod biodiversity and on their patterns of interactions with host plants. PLoS One 11(1): e0146461. 
  • DaRocha, W.; Neves, F.S.; Dáttilo, W.; Delabie, J.H.C. (2016). Epiphytic bromeliads as key components for maintenance of ant diversity and ant-bromeliad interactions in agroforestry system canopies.Forest Ecology and Management372: 128-136. 
  • Benítez-Malvido, J.; Martínez-Falcón, A.P; Dáttilo, W.; Gonzalez-DiPierro A.M.; Estrada, R.L.; Traveset, A. (2016). The role of sex and age in the architecture of intrapopulation howler monkey-plant networks in continuous and fragmented rain forests.PeerJ 4: e1809. 
  • Gadelha, Y.E.A.; Dáttilo, W.; Evangelista, O.; Cortês-Lopes, B. (2016). Structure of mutualistic ant-treehopper interactions in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.Journal of Tropical Ecology32: 250-259. 
  • Fagundes, R.; Dáttilo, W.; Ribeiro, S.P.; Rico-Gray, V.; Del-Claro, K. (2016). Food sources availability and interspecific dominance as structural mechanisms of ant-plant-hemipteran multitrophic networks.Arthropod-Plant Interactions 10: 207-220. 
  • Del-Claro, K.; Rico-Gray, V.; Torezan-Silingardi, H.M.; Alves-Silva, E.; Fagundes, R.; Lange, D.; Dáttilo, W.; Vilela, A.A.; Aguirre, A.; Rodríquez-Morales, D. (2016). Loss and gains in ant-plant interactions mediated by extrafloral nectar: fidelity, cheats, and lies. Insectes Sociaux 63: 207-221.


  • Dáttilo, W.; Aguirre, A.; Quesada, M.; Dirzo, R. (2015). Tropical forest fragmentation affects floral visitors but not the structure of individual-based palm-pollinator networks. PLoS One 10(3): e0121275.
  • Benítez-Malvido, J. and Dáttilo, W. (2015). Interaction intimacy of pathogens and herbivores with their plant hosts influences the topological structure of ecological networks in different ways. American Journal of Botany 102(4): 1–8.
  • Falcão, J.C.F.; Dáttilo, W.; Izzo, T.J. (2015). Efficiency of different planted forests in recovering biodiversity and ecological interactions in Brazilian Amazon. Forest Ecology and Management 339: 105-111.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Aguirre, A.; Flores-Flores, R.; Fagundes, R.; Lange, D.; García-Chavez, J.; Del-Claro, K.; Rico-Gray, V. (2015). Secretory activity of extrafloral nectaries shaping multitrophic ant-plant-herbivore interactions in an arid environment. Journal of Arid Environments 114: 104-109.
  • Moreira, D.D.O.; Dáttilo, W.; Morais, V.; Erthal Jr., M.; Silva, C.P.; Samuels, R.I. (2015). Diet type modifies ingestion rates and trophallactic exchanges in leaf cutting ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 154: 45-52.
  • Ramírez-Flores, V.; Villanueva-Gutiérrez, R.; Roubik, D.W.; Vergara, C.H.; Lara-Rodríguez, N.; Dáttilo, W.; Bonet-Ferrer, M.E.; Rico-Gray, V. (2015). Topological structure of plant-bee networks in four different Mexican environments. Sociobiology 62(1): 56-64.
  • Dáttilo, W. (2015). Mutualistic Networks by Jordi Bascompte and Pedro Jordano. Journal of Complex Networks 3(1): 158-158.


  • Dáttilo, W.; Marquitti, F.M.D.; Guimarães, P.R.; Izzo, T.J. (2014). The structure of ant-plant ecological networks: is abundance enough?. Ecology 95: 475-485.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Díaz-Castelazo, C.; Rico-Gray, V. (2014). Ant dominance hierarchy determines the nested pattern in ant-plant networks. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 113: 405-414.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Fagundes, R.; Gurka, C.A.Q.; Silva, M.S.A.; Vieira, M.C.L.; Izzo, T.J.; Díaz-Castelazo, C.; Del-Claro, K.; Rico-Gray, V. (2014). Individual-based ant-plant networks: diurnal-nocturnal structure and species-area relationship. PLoS One 9(6): e99838.
  • Dáttilo, W. and Dyer, L. (2014). Canopy openness enhances diversity of ant–plant interactions in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Biotropica 46: 712-719.
  • Benítez-Malvido, J.; Martínez-Falcón, A.P; Dáttilo, W.; del-Val, E. (2014). Diversity and network structure of invertebrate communities associated to Heliconia species in natural and human disturbed tropical rain forests. Global Ecology and Conservation 2: 107-117.
  • Santos, G.M.M.; Dáttilo, W.; Presley, S.J. (2014). The seasonal dynamic of ant-flower networks in a semi-arid tropical environment. Ecological Entomology 39: 674–683.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Serio-Silva, J.C.; Chapman, C.; Rico-Gray, V. (2014). Highly nested diets in intrapopulation tropical monkey-resource food webs. American Journal of Primatology 76: 670–678.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Sánchez-Gálvan, I.; Lange, D.; Del-Claro, K.; Rico-Gray, V. (2014). Importance of interaction frequency in analysis of ant-plant networks in tropical environments. Journal of Tropical Ecology 30: 165-168.
  • Vicente, R.E.; Dáttilo, W.; Izzo, T.J. (2014). Differential recruitment of Camponotus femoratus (Fabricius, 1804) ants in response to ant-gardens herbivory. Neotropical Entomology 43: 519–525.
  • Nunes, R.V.; Carvalho, M.S.G.; Vaz-de-Mello, F.Z.; Dáttilo, W.; Izzo, T.J. (2014). Taxonomic composition of Scarabaeinae dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) inhabiting fluvial islands in the southern Brazilian Amazon. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France 50: 407-413.
  • Martins, P.M.S.; Viana, N.F.; Almeida, F.S.; Dáttilo, W.; Santanna, A.S.; Martins, L.; Vargas, A.B. (2014). Seasonality of epigaeic ant communities in a Brazilian Atlantic rainforest. Sociobiology 61: 178-183.
  • Campos, V.A.; Dáttilo, W.; Oda, F.H.; Piroseli, L.E.; Dartora, A. (2014). Detection and use of foraging trails of the leaf-cutting ant Atta laevigata (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) by Amphisbaena alba (Reptilia: Squamata). Acta Zoológica Mexicana 30: 403-407.
  • Falcão, J.C.F.;Dáttilo, W.; Izzo, T.J. (2014). Temporal variation in extrafloral nectar secretion in different ontogenetic stages of the fruits of Alibertia verrucosa S. Moore (Rubiaceae) in a Neotropical savanna. Journal of Plant-Interactions 9: 137-142.


  • Dáttilo, W.; Guimarães, P.R.; Izzo, T.J. (2013). Spatial structure of ant-plant mutualistic networks. Oikos 122: 1643-1648.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Izzo, T.J.; Vasconcelos, H.L.; Rico-Gray, V. (2013) Strength of the modular pattern in Amazonian symbiotic ant-plant networks. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 7: 455-461.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Rico-Gray, V.; Rodrigues, D.J.; Izzo, T.J. (2013). Soil and vegetation features determine the nested pattern of ant-plant networks in a tropical rainforest. Ecological Entomology 38: 374-380.
  • Clemente, M.A.; Lange, D.; Dáttilo, W.; Del-Claro, K.; Prezoto, F. (2013). Social wasp-flower visiting guild in less structurally complex habitats are more susceptible to local extinction. Sociobiology 60: 337-344.
  • Lange, D.; Dáttilo, W.; Del-Claro, K. (2013). Influence of extrafloral nectary phenology on ant-plant mutualistic networks in a Neotropical Savanna. Ecological Entomology 38: 463-469.
  • Hernández-Yáñez, H.; Lara-Rodríguez, N.; Díaz-Castelazo, C.; Dáttilo, W.; Rico-Gray, V. (2013). Understanding the structure of a plant-floral visitor network in coastal Veracruz, Mexico. Sociobiology 60: 329-336.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Falcão, J.C.F.; Yanoviak, S.P.; Poinar-Jr, G.; Izzo, T.J. (2013). The geographic distribution of parasite induced fruit mimicry in Cephalotes atratus (Formicidae: Myrmicinae). The Journal of Parasitology 99: 155-157.


  • Dáttilo, W. (2012). Different tolerances of symbiotic and nonsymbiotic ant-plant networks to species extinctions. Network Biology 2(4): 127-138.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Falcão, J.C.F.; Teixeira, M.C. (2012). Predictive model of distribution of Atta robusta Borgmeier 1939 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): subsidies for conservation of a Brazilian leaf-cutting ant endangered species. Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment 47: 193-201.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Martins, R.L. Uhde, V.; Noronha, J.C.; Florêncio, F.P.; Izzo, T.J. (2012). Floral resource partitioning by ants and bees in a jambolan Syzygium jambolanum (Myrtaceae) agroforestry system in Brazilian Meridional Amazon. Agroforestry Systems 85: 105-111.
  • Dáttilo, W.and Izzo, T.J. (2012). Temperature influence on species co-occurrence patterns in treefall gap and dense forest ant communities in a terra-firme forest of Central Amazon, Brazil. Sociobiology 59: 351:367.
  • Vicente, R.E.; Dáttilo, W.; Izzo, T.J. (2012). New record of a very specialized interaction: Myrcidris epicharis Ward 1990 (Pseudomyrmecinae) and its myrmecophyte host Myrcia madida McVaugh (Myrtaceae) in Brazilian Meridional Amazon. Acta Amazonica 42: 567-570.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Vicente, R.E.; Nunes, R.V.; Feitosa, R.M. (2012). Influence of cave size and presence of bat guano on ant visitation. Sociobiology 59: 549-559.

2011 - 2006

  • Pignati, M.T.; Dáttilo, W.; Pezzuti, J.C.B. (2011). Podocnemis unifilis (Yellow-headed Sideneck): Nest predation by ants. Herpetological Review 42: 422-223.
  • Nunes, R.V.; Dáttilo, W.; Carvalho, M.S.G.; Chagas, P.B.C.; Louzada-Silva, D. (2011). Primeiro registro de ninho de jacaré com bivaque de formiga de correição no Cerrado brasileiro. Revista Brasileira de Zoociências 13: 213-219.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Sibinel, N.; Falcão, J.C.F.; Nunes, R.V. (2011). Mirmecofauna em um fragmento de Floresta Atlântica urbana no município de Marília, Brasil. Bioscience Journal 27: 494-504.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Vicente, R. E.; Nunes, R.V.; Carvalho, M.S.G. (2010). Primeiro registro da quenquém cisco-da-Amazônia Acromyrmex hystrix Latreille, 1802 (Formicidae: Myrmicinae) para o estado do Maranhão, Brasil. EntomoBrasilis 3: 92-93.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Izzo, T.J.; Inouye, B.D.; Vasconcelos, H.L.; Bruna, E.M. (2009). Recognition of host plant volatiles by Pheidole minutula Mayr (Myrmicinae), an Amazonian ant-plant specialist. Biotropica 41: 642-646.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Marques, E.C.; Falcão, J.C.F.; Moreira, D.D.O. (2009). Interações mutualísticas entre formigas e plantas. EntomoBrasilis 2: 32-36.
  • DePaula, A.R.; Vieira, L.P.; Dáttilo, W.; Carneiro, C.N.B.; Erthal Jr., M.; Brito, E. S.; Silva, C.P.; Samuels, R.I. (2006). Patogenicidade e efeito comportamental de Photorhabdus temperata K122 nas formigas cortadeiras Acromyrmex subterraneus subterraneus e Atta laevigata (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). O Biológico 68: 118-122.
  • Dáttilo, W.; Erthal Jr., M.; Moreira, D.D.O.; Silva, C.P.; Samuels, R.I. (2006). Sobrevivência de operárias da formiga cortadeira Acromyrmex subterraneus subterraneus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) quando supridas com diferentes dietas e inibidores enzimáticos. O Biológico 68: 113-117.


Formación de recursos humanos

Tesis en proceso

  • Doctorado (n = 8)
  • Maestría (n = 2) 
  • Licenciatura (n = 2)

Tesis concluidas

  • Doctorado (n = 4)
  • Maestría (n = 9)
  • Licenciatura (n = 2)