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Species: Rhopalothrix therion   Longino & Boudinot, 2013 

Classification:
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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2014)

Rhopalothrix therion Longino & Boudinot, 2013 PDF: 318, figs 1A, 2A, 3E, 13, 16 (w.) HONDURAS. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki

Distribution:

Costa Rica to Honduras

Biology:

This species occurs in rain forest and cloud forest habitats, from 550–1420 m elevation. All specimens are from Winkler samples of sifted leaf litter. At three cloud forest sites in Nicaragua it occurred in 5-10% of 100 miniWinkler samples. In Costa Rica, it is known from one collection near Turrialba, a site on the Atlantic slope of the Cordillera Volcánica Central, yet is unknown from the intensively sampled Barva Transect a short distance away.

Identification:

Diagnosis. Labrum broader than long, anterior margin bilobed on each side of medial notch, ectal lobule rounded and the same length as or shorter than mesal lobule; first gastral tergite with abundant, short, strongly spatulate squamiform setae uniformly covering surface.

Description. Worker. HW 0.66–0.80 (n=6); mandible with two or three teeth on masticatory margin (can vary within individuals, with two teeth on one mandible and three teeth on the other), second tooth from base largest; subapical tooth with distinct reclinate denticle at base; subapical tooth about twice as long as apical tooth; intercalary teeth prominent, one closest to apical tooth about half as long as apical tooth; labrum trapezoidal, wider than long, anterior margin bilobed on each side of medial notch, ectal lobule rounded and the same length as or shorter than mesal lobule; arcuate promesonotal groove and metanotal groove strongly impressed; propodeal tooth large, triangular, right-angled to acute, infradental lamella broad beneath tooth, narrowing ventrally; first gastral tergite with abundant, short, strongly spatulate squamiform setae uniformly covering surface. The queen and male are unknown.

Taxon Page Author History

On 2013-02-23 07:36:33 jack longino modified Biology
On 2013-02-23 07:36:11 jack longino modified Identification
On 2013-02-23 07:35:36 jack longino modified Distribution

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 10 times found in cloud forest, 9 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, 2 times found in mixed hardwood forest, 1 times found in Liquidambar-hardwood forest, 3 times found in montane wet forest, 1 times found in wet forest

Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 20 times miniWinkler, 5 times MaxiWinkler, 1 times Winkler

Elevations: collected from 550 - 1610 meters, 1242 meters average

Type specimens: holotype Rhopalothrix therion: casent0616292; paratype Rhopalothrix therion: casent0616286, casent0629584, casent0629585

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