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Costa Rica: La Selva Biological Station, Penas Blancas Valley.
The species has been observed: (1) in Project ALAS Berlese samples, from 4 of 16 sampled sites; (2) a nest in a dead stick in primary forest leaf litter (Chris Thompson study); (3) specimens collected by Stefan Cover, in soil under log; and (4) a Winkler sample from Penas Blancas Valley.
Types Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard.
Etymology L rectitrudis, erect pike or pointed pole, alluding to propodeal spines.
diagnosis Similar to bilimekiHNS, floridanaHNS, hazenaeHNS, rectilumaHNS, rectisentisHNS, rectispinaHNS, sospesHNS, and stomachosaHNS, differing as follows. Major: propodeal spines robust, half as long as propodeal basal face, vertical to propodeum; frontal lobes, vertex, and dorsal midline strip to occiput carinulate and rugulose; occipital lobes smooth with scattered foveae; sides of head rugoreticulate; humeri longitudinally rugulose, and promesonotal dorsum transversely carinulate; postpetiole from above conulate.
Minor: all of dorsal surface of head from eye level to occiput rugoreticulate, as well as all of promesonotal dorsum; propodeal spines long, robust, and vertical to propodeal basal face.
Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.90, HL 0.98, SL 0.48, EL 0.12, PW 0.48. Paratype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.54, SL 0.44, EL 0.08, PW 0.32.
Color Major: body, scape, and mandibles dark, almost blackish brown; legs and funiculus medium brown. Minor: head, mesosoma, petiole, and appendages medium brown; postpetiole and gaster dark brown.
Range Known from the type locality and from Penas Blancas Valley, Costa Rica (J. T. Longino 1997); and near San Andres Tuxtla (1500 m) and Orizaba (1600 m), Mexico (P. S. Ward).
biology Evidently uncommon. The type colony was collected by Stefan Cover in the soil of lowland rainforest beneath a log. The Mexican colonies were found in cloud forest.
figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COSTA RICA: La Selva Biological Station, near Puerto Viejo (Stefan Cover). Scale bars = 1 mm.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 36 times found in mature wet forest, 23 times found in montane wet forest, 8 times found in 2nd growth cloud forest, 2 times found in La Selva, 4 times found in tropical wet forest, 8 times found in lowland rainforest, 1 times found in Puesto 1, 222G,10m., 6 times found in tropical rainforest, 1 times found in mature cloud forest, 2 times found in mature moist forest, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 64 times ex sifted leaf litter, 17 times at bait, 21 times Hojarasca, 7 times Primary forest, 1 times Parcelas susecionales, Suelo, 1 times nest in dead wood, 6 times sifted litter, 1 times in soil, 1 times Mature lowland rainforest. In soil under log. SHO trail near Plot V., 2 times ex sifted litter from forest floor, 1 times wet forest litter, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 50 times MiniWinkler, 21 times Mini Winkler, 13 times bait, 8 times Berlese, 12 times MaxiWinkler, 4 times search, 12 times Winkler, 8 times Lure/Bait, 4 times baiting, 1 times Search & Berles.
Elevations: collected from 20 - 1520 meters, 586 meters average
Type specimens: paratype Pheidole rectitrudis: jtlc000016510