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Species: Leptogenys gatu   Lattke, 2011 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Leptogenys gatu Lattke, 2011 PDF: 215, fig. 70 (w.) PANAMA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Costa Rica, Panama
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Costa Rica: Atlantic and southern Pacific lowlands.


Natural History:

I know this species from four collections: (1) Casa Verde turtle research station in Tortuguero, a stray worker; (2) Sirena, Corcovado National Park, a column crossing a trail, in which one worker carried isopod prey held above its head; (3) Sirena, a stray worker; and (4) Panama Canal Zone, workers collected by W. L. Brown, Jr.


I used to call this species L. punctaticeps, but John Lattke examined the types and concluded that what I called ambigua was true punctaticeps (with ambigua a junior synonym), and this species is probably undescribed.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in cloud forest, 1 times found in forest, 1 times found in rainforest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 1 times in house.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times Search, 1 times 6L sifted litter, extracted in Winkler sack over ~18 hours.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 765 meters, 178 meters average

Type specimens:

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