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Species: Odontomachus hastatus   (Fabricius, 1804) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Myrmecia hastata Fabricius, 1804 PDF: 426 (w.) CENTRAL AMERICA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Odontomachus: Illiger, 1807 PDF: 194.
Senior synonym of Odontomachus maxillaris: Roger, 1863b PDF: 22.
// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Tropical Central and South America (Brown 1976). Costa Rica: throughout in wet forest to 900m.


Natural History:

This is a large, aggressive species that nests in large epiphyte clumps or dead branches, from the low arboreal zone to the subcanopy. It usually occurs in the shaded conditions of mature wet forest.


Brown, W. L., Jr. 1976. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. Part VI. Ponerinae, tribe Ponerini, subtribe Odontomachiti. Section A. Introduction, subtribal characters. Genus Odontomachus. Studia Entomol. 19:67-171.

Fabricius, J. C. 1804. Systema Piezatorum. Brunsvigae: C. Reichard. xiv + 15-439 + 30pp. Ants - p. 395-428.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Odontomachus hastatus   Forel, A., 1908, Fourmis de Costa-Rica, récoltées par M. Paul Biolley., Bulletin de la Societe Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles 44, pp. 35-72: 36, (download) 36 4014
Odontomachus hastatus   Mayr, G., 1862, Myrmecologische Studien., Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 12, pp. 649-776: 711, (download) 711 4445

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 48 times found in montane wet forest, 8 times found in rainforest, 7 times found in wet forest, 5 times found in mature wet forest, 8 times found in lowland rainforest, 6 times found in premontane rainforest, 3 times found in Primary wet forest, 3 times found in cloud forest, 1 times found in edge of river; premontane rainforest, 3 times found in Sura, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 7 times Sobre Vegetacion, 5 times beating veg., 4 times pan trap, 3 times nocturnal strays, 1 times nest in rotten wood, 3 times Sura, 2 times strays, 1 times foragers on log, 3 times SCH, 2 times nocturnal foragers, 1 times nest in moss mat, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 34 times Malaise, 25 times Search, 17 times flight intercept trap, 11 times Fogging, 7 times Sweeping, 6 times Blacklight, 6 times beating, 5 times Foggin, 4 times Pan Trap, 2 times at light, 1 times Berlese, ...

Elevations: collected from 2 - 1350 meters, 363 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1927-07-19 and 2020-02-15

Type specimens: syntype of Odontomachus maxillaris: casent0900583; type of Myrmecia hastata: focol1059

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