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Natural History: Little known. Ponera species are all thought to be generalist predators of small, soft-bodied arthropods. Colony-founding queens forage (as most likely do all our ponerines) in soil and leaf litter. The above mentioned Kansas colony had about sixty workers and a single queen.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 101 times found in cloud forest, 59 times found in montane wet forest, 21 times found in mixed forest, 19 times found in 2º mesophil forest, 17 times found in litter in upland hardwood forest, 0 times found in at base of hardwood tree, 14 times found in deciduous forest, 15 times found in oak cloud forest, 15 times found in soil at base of large Juniperus virginiana in cedar glade, 15 times found in litter/soil- Carya sp. base in upland hardwood forest, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 255 times ex sifted leaf litter, 22 times soil and litter, 5 times forest litter, 10 times Malaise trap, 6 times ex forest litter, 6 times leaf litter, 1 times under epiphytes, 3 times soil, 1 times litter, 1 times near campground, 1 times ex dead treefern trunk, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 155 times MiniWinkler, 79 times Berlese funnel, 65 times MaxiWinkler, 16 times Berlese, 21 times general collecting, 15 times Berlese/Winkler, 8 times malaise trap, 13 times Winkler, 2 times search, 2 times Maxi Winkler, 2 times Malaise, ...
Elevations: collected from 60 - 2302 meters, 1476 meters average