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Species: Eurhopalothrix spectabilis   Kempf, 1962 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Eurhopalothrix spectabilis Kempf, 1962b PDF: 27, figs. 25-27 (q.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Kempf, 1968b PDF: 398 (w.).
See also: Longino, 2013 PDF: 142.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil, Paraguay
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Brazil (São Paulo, Santa Catarina), Paraguay.


This is a highly distinctive species. The clypeus is smooth, highly polished and glassy; the face is uniformly punctate but with the same highly polished integument; the basal lobes of the scape are very strongly developed; the ventral surface of the head has a pair of longitudinal carinae, particularly prominent in the queen; the face, dorsal mesosoma, petiole, postpetiole, and first gastral tergite are completely devoid of specialized setae and ground pilosity is similarly obsolete; the propodeal spines are acute but still subtended by a broad foliaceous crest; and the posterior margin of the petiolar node is strongly carinate. The holotype dealate queen was collected in a Berlese sample from Santa Catarina State. Subsequently Kempf described the worker from several series collected by K. Lenko in Barueri, São Paulo. These were from "sifted nest material of Camponotus rufipes (F.)," from three different nests.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 6 times found in Semideciduous seasonal forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times under rotten log.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 3 times Winkler (soil + litter), 3 times Winkler of rotten log, 1 times Winkler, 1 times Winkler of rotten log on ground.

Elevations: collected from 730 - 754 meters, 742 meters average

Type specimens:

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