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Extant: 4 valid subspecies
Throughout tropical South America, Central America to Guatemala. Costa Rica: throughout the country in wet forest habitats, low and middle elevations. Hitoy Cerere, Turrialba, La Selva Biological Station and north slope Volcan Barba to 800m, Monteverde (San Luis Valley), Carara, Osa.
This species occurs in leaf litter on the forest floor. I know it mainly from Winkler and Berlese samples. At Sirena in Corcovado National Park, I observed 10 adults emerging from the leaf litter and attacking an earthworm that was exposed on a dead leaf.
Emery, C. 1890. Voyage de M. E. Simon au Venezuela (Decembre 1887 - Avril 1888). Formicides. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. (6)10:55-76.
Alto Paraná, Amambay, Caaguazú, Canindeyú, Concepción, Itapúa (ALWC, INBP, LACM, MHNG, MZSP). Literature records: “Paraguay” (s.loc.) (Emery 1890a, Forel 1895).
Found most commonly in these habitats: 295 times found in mature wet forest, 32 times found in montane wet forest, 2 times found in SSO, 6 times found in wet forest, 1 times found in SSA, 1 times found in CC, 1 times found in LOC, 5 times found in lowland rainforest, 1 times found in Puesto7,202G,10m, 1 times found in Sendero Jaguar, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 302 times Ex sifted leaf litter, 33 times Hojarasca, 2 times Hojarasca., 5 times sifted litter, 1 times ex sifted leaf litter and rotten wood, 1 times Bosque Primario, Suelo, 1 times attacking annelid on ground, 1 times inside a dead tree trunk laying on soil, 1 times Frente al refugio hacia el sendero entre M/14 y M/15, 1 times Cerca del Refugio Cascante, 1 times bajo tronco, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 294 times miniWinkler, 21 times Winkler, 28 times Mini Winkler, 13 times Berlese, 3 times Search, 1 times flight intercept trap, 1 times Manual.
Elevations: collected from 10 - 1150 meters, 148 meters average
Type specimens: paratype: jtl021917