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Mexico to northern Argentina and Bolivia. Costa Rica: Atlantic slope to 300m, Monteverde at 1400m.
In Costa Rica, at La Selva and the 300m site on the Barva transect, most males have been collected at lights. Males have been collected in 15 different light trap samples. In an 18-month light trapping program, all males occurred from February to May, which is the dry season. One male was captured in a Malaise trap; given the intensity of Malaise trap sampling at La Selva, this is a very rare event. In Monteverde a male was found inside a house at night, apparently attracted to the light.
Neivamyrmex punctaticeps was previously known as N. spinolae (Westwood 1842) (N. spinolai in Borgmeier 1955). Bolton (1995) showed that this was a junior homonym and used the oldest junior synonym as the replacement name.
Bolton, B. 1995. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass.
Borgmeier, T. 1955. Die Wanderameisen der neotropischen Region. Studia Entomologica 3:1-720.
Watkins, J. F., II. 1976. The identification and distribution of New World army ants (Dorylinae: Formicidae). Baylor University Press, Waco, Texas.
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|Neivamyrmex halidaii||Snelling, G. C. & Snelling, R. R., 2007, New synonymy, new species, new keys to Neivamyrmex army ants of the United States., Advances in ant systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Homage to E. O. Wilson - 50 years of contributions. (Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80), pp. 459-550: 472-473, (download)||472-473||21290|
Found most commonly in these habitats: 7 times found in montane wet forest, 5 times found in STR 1800m., 4 times found in wet forest, 4 times found in cloud forest, 1 times found in 2˚ tropical forest, 3 times found in CES 350m., 2 times found in cloud forest clearing, 1 times found in 2º tropical rainforest, 2 times found in mature wet forest, 2 times found in rainforest, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 7 times ex sifted leaf litter, 4 times at light, 1 times subterranean, 1 times at bait, 1 times Abajo, 1 times forest litter, 2 times flight intercept trap, neivamyrmex main road in Reserve. column across road; tight times cloud forest, 1240, 1 times blacklight, 1 times SUR 900, canopy blacklight trap, 1 times STR, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 17 times Lighttrap, 10 times Blacklight, 6 times MiniWinkler, 4 times search, 1 times subterranean trap, 4 times flight intercept trap, 3 times light trap, 4 times Malaise, 1 times Berlese, 1 times Baiting, 1 times FIT, ...
Elevations: collected from 10 - 1850 meters, 534 meters average