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Species: Lachnomyrmex scrobiculatus   Wheeler, 1910 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Lachnomyrmex scrobiculatus Wheeler, 1910d PDF: 263, fig. 3 (w.q.) GUATEMALA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Mexico, Guatemala (type locality), Costa Rica. Costa Rica: widespread in lowland wet forest, including the Osa Peninsula, Hitoy Cerere, La Selva Biological Station and surrounding Atlantic slope sites to 1000m, Penas Blancas Valley, and the Pitilla area of Guanacaste Conservation Area. Appears less common on Pacific side (one record from the Osa Peninsula, Ranch Quemado) than on the Atlantic side (many records).


Natural History:

Workers and queens occur in samples of sifted leaf litter from the forest floor. Mike Kaspari collected a specimen at a barley bait in the La Selva successional plots.


DNA barcode results show a division between specimens from southern Nicaragua vs. specimens from coastal Honduras to Chiapas, but I cannot find a morphological correlate.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Lachnomyrmex scrobiculatus   Feitosa, R. M. & Brandão, C. R. F., 2008, A taxonomic revision of the Neotropical myrmicine ant genus Lachnomyrmex Wheeler (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Zootaxa 1890, pp. 1-49: 40-41, (download) 40-41 21837
Lachnomyrmex scrobiculatus   Brown, W. L., 1950, Morphological, taxonomic and other notes on ants., Wasmann Journal of Biology 8, pp. 241-250: 249, (download) 249 2360

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 300 times found in mature wet forest, 132 times found in tropical rainforest, 63 times found in montane wet forest, 54 times found in 2º lowland tropical rainforest, 43 times found in tropical moist forest, 29 times found in tropical wet forest, 24 times found in wet forest, 24 times found in lowland rainforest, 21 times found in 2º lowland rainforest, 20 times found in 2º tropical rainforest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 722 times ex sifted leaf litter, 51 times Hojarasca, 1 times Hojarasca., 3 times Muestra tomada alrrededor de M/20, 1 times 25yr old second growth just above Casa Plastico. Ex sifted leaf litter on ground, 2 times Wet forest. Ex sifted leaf litter., 3 times sifted litter, 1 times leaf litter sample, GIS 1800/900. [examples of each ant species, all parasitica, 1 times leaf litter, 1 times Bosque Primario, Suelo, 2 times at bait, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 592 times MiniWinkler, 58 times Winkler, 91 times MaxiWinkler, 55 times Mini Winkler, 13 times Berlese, 2 times baiting, 1 times search, 1 times Sweeping, 1 times Berlese/Winkler, 1 times flight intercept trap, 1 times Malaise, ...

Elevations: collected from 5 - 2150 meters, 279 meters average

Type specimens: type: jtl0002358

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