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Species: Megalomyrmex drifti   Kempf, 1961 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Megalomyrmex drifti Kempf, 1961b PDF: 504, figs. 9-11 (w.q.) SURINAM. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

See also: Kempf, 1970c PDF: 362.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Widespread in Neotropics from Brazil to Mexico. Costa Rica: throughout the country in the lowlands.


Natural History:

This species is known largely from samples of soil and leaf litter from the ground. I have collected workers and queens from Winkler and/or Berlese samples from Hitoy Cerere, La Selva, Rara Avis, Santa Rosa (Bosque humedo), Manuel Antonio, Osa Peninsula.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55

drifti KempfHNS 1961.

Alto Paraná, Amambay, Central, Concepción (ALWC, BMNH, MHNG).

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 19 times found in tropical wet forest, 5 times found in tropical rainforest, 5 times found in mature wet forest, 4 times found in tropical rainforest, with some big trees, probably a mix of primary and secondary forest, 2 times found in tropical rainforest, with big trees, probably primary, 1 times found in forest, 2 times found in wet forest, 1 times found in montane wet forest, 1 times found in montane wet forest, along ridge descending to major river, a mix of old 2ndary forest on one slope and more mature forest on the other, 1 times found in Plateau, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 42 times ex sifted leaf litter, 2 times Wet forest. Ex sifted leaf litter., 2 times Leaf litter, 1 times tall forest, rocky soil, 1 times ex sifted litter, rotten wood, 1 times Ex hojarasca.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 31 times miniWinkler, 7 times maxiWinkler, 6 times Winkler, 2 times Berlese, 2 times Winkler48h, 1 times litter sample.

Elevations: collected from 10 - 1230 meters, 514 meters average

Type specimens:

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