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Found most commonly in these habitats: 47 times found in mature wet forest, 37 times found in mesophyll forest, 36 times found in montane wet forest, 25 times found in riparian forest, cloud forest along stream, near dairy farm pasture, 2nd growth or disturbed primary, 19 times found in tropical rainforest, 16 times found in cloud forest, 14 times found in cloud forest edge, near dairy farm pasture, some big trees in rocky areas, probably disturbed primary or old second growth, on a steep slope, 11 times found in wet forest, 9 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, 8 times found in tropical wet forest, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 268 times ex sifted leaf litter, 15 times Hojarasca, 3 times Wet forest. Ex sifted leaf litter., 2 times wet forest litter, 1 times sifted leaf litter, 3 times ex sifted litter from forest floor, 2 times ex sifted litter, 1 times forest litter, 1 times nid d ? cephalotes, 1 times Mixed primary forest litter & soil, 1 times Malaise trap, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 161 times MiniWinkler, 80 times MaxiWinkler, 43 times Winkler, 11 times Mini Winkler, 3 times Berlese, 3 times Winkler of rotten log, 1 times search, 1 times Sweeping, 1 times Berlese|16 kg., 36 L, 1 times Hypogaeic Winkler, 1 times Malaise, ...
Elevations: collected from 10 - 1700 meters, 861 meters average