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Species: Acanthognathus teledectus   Brown & Kempf, 1969 

Classification:
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Distribution:

  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Neotropical

Distribution Notes:

Colombia to Guatemala. Costa Rica: Atlantic lowlands.

 

Biology:

Inhabits lowland to lower montane wet forest; nests in rotten twigs or small pieces of rotten wood on the forest floor; predaceous on small arthropods.

 

Identification:

Mandibles much longer than head, with multiple preapical teeth or denticles; face largely shiny.

Comments:

A distinctive dark form of A. teledectus occurs on the Barva transect in Costa Rica. Specimens I have examined from La Selva Biological Station (50-100m elevation) and all specimens from north of Costa Rica are red brown, with feeble fossae on the gena, and with relatively longer propodeal spines. Collections from 300-600m elevation on the Barva transect, just above La Selva, are darker brown, with coarse fossae on the gena, and short propodeal spines.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 99 times found in mature wet forest, 86 times found in montane wet forest, 12 times found in CES (700.350 GIS), 9 times found in tropical rainforest, 5 times found in wet forest, 8 times found in lowland rainforest, 8 times found in tropical wet forest, 3 times found in SSA, 7 times found in tropical moist forest, 1 times found in SSO, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 142 times ex sifted leaf litter, 83 times Hojarasca, 5 times sifted litter, 1 times Hojarasca., 1 times leaf litter sample, GIS 1800/900. [examples of each ant species, all parasitica, 1 times ex sifted litter, Acanthognathus colony with 1 queen, 1 worker; in s times streambed nr. trap 15. #3384, 1 times Muestras tomada en el transecto de Mini Winkler #2, 1 times Muestra tomada alrrededor de M/20, 1 times mixed primary forest litter, 1 times madera podrida, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 116 times MiniWinkler, 77 times Mini Winkler, 21 times Winkler, 20 times MaxiWinkler, 12 times Search & Berles, 9 times Berlese, 1 times Davis sifter, 1 times search, 1 times flight intercept trap.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 1140 meters, 327 meters average

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