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Species: Eciton vagans   (Olivier, 1792) 

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See Also:

Eciton vagans allognathum, Eciton vagans angustatum, Eciton vagans dispar, Eciton vagans dubitatum, Eciton vagans fur, Eciton vagans mutatum

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Extant: 6 valid subspecies

Formica vagans Olivier, 1792: 501 (w.) FRENCH GUIANA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Smith, 1855c PDF: 162 (s.); Wheeler, 1912f PDF: 206 (m.); Menozzi, 1931d PDF: 188 (q.); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1974c PDF: 170 (l.).
Combination in Eciton: Smith, 1855c PDF: 162.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Paraguay: Caaguazú, Cordillera

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Eciton vagans   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 25, (download) 25 21367
Eciton vagans   Borgmeier, T., 1939, Nova contribuição para o conhecimento das formigas neotropicais (Hym. Formicidae)., Revista de Entomologia, São Paulo 10, pp. 403-428: 405-406, (download) 405-406 6484
Eciton vagans   Smith, F., 1858, Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae., London: British Museum, pp. -1--1: 151, (download) 151 8127

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 7 times found in Semideciduous seasonal forest, 1 times found in tropical wet forest, 1 times found in cloud forest, 1 times found in coffee finca, 1 times found in rainforest, 1 times found in 2∫ cloud forest, 3 times found in Tropical hardwood forest, 1 times found in pasture, 1 times found in tropical moist forest, 1 times found in 2º cloud forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 4 times column on ground, 2 times ground forager(s), 2 times raiding trail, 1 times swarm on ground, 1 times raiding trail over 90ft.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 5 times hand collecting, 1 times raiding column, 4 times direct collection, 3 times Epigaeic pitfall.

Elevations: collected from 50 - 1350 meters, 538 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype of Eciton simillima: casent0902633; Holotype of Eciton integrum: casent0911389

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