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Throughout tropical and subtropical America, from the southern United States to Argentina. In Costa Rica, known from Atlantic and Pacific lowlands, and the Meseta Central.
Brown and Wilson (1959) summarize the genus as follows:
"Widespread in tropics and warm temperate areas. Primarily forest-dwelling; some species occur in grassland and arid scrub. ... Nests mostly in soil and rotting wood; a few species live in arboreal plant cavities in tropical rain forest. Foraging hypogaeic to epigaeic-arboreal. Food: most species are collembolan feeders; a few are polyphagous predators or occasionally feed on sugary substances..."
Members of the genus are all predaceous, with a kinetic mode of attack (Bolton 1999).
The feeding habits of louisianae have been studied by Wilson (1950, 1954) and Brown (1962). Workers take live prey, mostly small arthropods in litter and soil. Preferred prey are entomobryoid and symphypleonan Collembola; poduroid collembolans are not taken.
The species prefers synanthropic and/or seasonally dry habitats. It is more abundant in the peripheral parts of its range (Costa Rica northward, southern Brazil southward) than in the center (Panama southward to Amazonian Brazil) (Brown 1961).
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Brown, W. L., Jr. 1953. Revisionary studies of the ant tribe Dacetini. American Midland Naturalist 50:1-137.
Brown, W. L., Jr. 1961. The neotropical species of the ant genus Strumigenys Fr. Smith: Miscellaneous concluding studies. Psyche 68:58-69.
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Wilson, E. O. 1950. Notes on the food habits of Strumigenys louisianae Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society 45: 85-86.
Wilson, E. O. 1954 ("1953"). The ecology of some North American dacetine ants. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 46:479-495.
|Strumigenys louisianae||Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 37, (download)||37||21367|
|Pyramica wani||Bolton, B., Sosa-Calvo, J., FernÃ ¡ ndez, F. & Lattke, J. E., 2008, New synonyms in neotropical Myrmicine ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1732, pp. 61-64: -1, (download)||-1||21399|
|Strumigenys louisianae||nov. sp.||Roger, J., 1863, Die neu aufgeführten Gattungen und Arten meines Formiciden-Verzeichnisses, nebst Ergänzung einiger früher gegeben Beschreibungen., Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift 7, pp. 131-214: 211, (download)||211||4101|
Found most commonly in these habitats: 14 times found in leaf litter, 9 times found in 2º tropical rainforest, 3 times found in tropical rainforest, 1 times found in shade coffee, 4 times found in garden, 2 times found in montane rainforest clearing, 1 times found in pine/oak managed forest, 3 times found in wet forest, 1 times found in dry forest stream edge, 1 times found in isolated clearing in mature wet forest area, open lawn area at edge of building., ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 30 times ex sifted leaf litter, 5 times foragers, 1 times sifted leaf litter, 1 times Malaise trap, 1 times in soil, 2 times unter rinde, 1 times near snake pond swamp, 1 times forest litter, 1 times ex sifted litter, 1 times ex rotten wood, 1 times edge of lab clearing; strays., ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 15 times Winkler, 20 times Berlese, 14 times search, 12 times MiniWinkler, 5 times MaxiWinkler, 2 times Malaise, 0 times Under rock, 0 times Leaf litter, 0 times Under bark, 1 times light trap, 1 times litter Berlesate, ...
Elevations: collected from 5 - 1990 meters, 317 meters average
Type specimens: syntype of Strumigenys unidentata: casent0915694; syntype of Strumigenys bruchi: casent0904939, casent0909323; syntype of Strumigenys fusca: casent0904934; syntype of Strumigenys unispinulosa: casent0904935; syntype of Strumigenys unispinulosa longicornis: casent0905785; type of Strumigenys louisianae: focol2163, focol2164