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Species: Cephalotes cordiventris   (Santschi, 1931) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Cryptocerus multispinus var. cordiventris Santschi, 1931d PDF: 274 (s.w.) PANAMA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Junior synonym of Cephalotes multispinus: Kempf, 1951 PDF: 204.
Revived from synonymy and raised to species: De Andrade & Baroni Urbani, 1999: 259.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Costa Rica, Panama. Costa Rica: Pacific lowlands, from Osa Peninsula to Guanacaste Province.


Natural History:

Andrade and Baroni Urbani (1999) report several collections of this species from Guanacaste Province. I have collected the species several times in the Osa Peninsula region. These have been scattered workers in tree canopies and treefalls. In one case workers, queens, and males were running on branches in a treefall, suggesting a disrupted nest.

Cornaby (1974) observed this species feeding at carrion (identified as Paracryptocerus sp. by Cornaby; reidentified as cordiventris by Andrade and Baroni Urbani, 1999).


Andrade, M. L. de, and C. Baroni Urbani. 1999. Diversity and adaptation in the ant genus Cephalotes, past and present (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Stuttgarter Beitrage zur Naturkunde Serie B (Geologie und Palaontologie) 271:1-889.

Cornaby, B. W. 1974. Carrion reduction by animals in contrasting tropical habitats. Biotropica 6:51-63.

Kempf, W. W. 1951. A taxonomic study on the ant tribe Cephalotini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Rev. Entomol. (Rio J.) 22:1-244.

Santschi, F. 1931. Fourmis de Cuba et de Panama. Rev. Entomol. (Rio J.) 1:265-282.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in lowland rainforest, 1 times found in small island, 1 times found in old field/pasture, 1 times found in roadside, 1 times found in tropical wet forest, 1 times found in 2nd growth vegetation, 1 times found in lowland primary rainforest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times recent treefall, 1 times on tree/ ground, 2 times on low vegetation, 1 times under bark/ on leaves, 1 times strays in felled trees, 1 times on vegetation.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times hand collecting, 1 times beating low vegetation, 1 times search.

Elevations: collected from 10 - 580 meters, 181 meters average

Type specimens: syntype of Cephalotes cordiventris: casent0912608, casent0912609

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