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Species: Procryptocerus tortuguero   Longino & Snelling, 2002 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Procryptocerus tortuguero Longino & Snelling, 2002 PDF: 28, fig. 1F (w.q.) COSTA RICA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL


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

Distribution Notes:

Costa Rica.


Natural History:

The nest series from which the holotype was selected was collected from lowland rainforest. The nest was in a trailside woody plant stem whose apex was an old machete cut. The ants inhabited the dead terminus of the branch, just distal to the live portion. The live stem was solid, and the ants were in chambers excavated either by themselves or by a previous stem-boring insect. The entire nest was sampled, and contained 108 workers, one dealate queen, one alate queen, and brood. The other specimens from the type locality were collected from low vegetation. The worker from below Volc‡n Barba was collected from the canopy of primary rainforest, approximately 20m high.Workers from 17km S Puerto Viejo were in the crown of a recent treefall, in primary wet forest.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in wet forest, 3 times found in montane wet forest, 2 times found in Primary wet forest, 1 times found in mature rainforest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times nest in dead portion of live stem, 2 times in fresh treefall, 1 times strays in canopy, 1 times Sobre Vegetacion.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times Malaise, 1 times search, 1 times Sweeping.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 700 meters, 140 meters average

Type specimens: holotype tortuguero: lacment141741; paratype of Procryptocerus tortuguero: lacment141765; paratype tortuguero: lacment141742, lacment141743, lacment141744, lacment141746, lacment141747, lacment141749, lacment141755, lacment141766

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