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Mexico, El Salvador (type locality), Costa Rica, Colombia.
I know this species primarily from Winkler samples of sifted litter from the forest floor. I have seen collections from three sites on the Atlantic slope of Costa Rica: La Selva Biological Station, 1100m on the Barva Transect in Braulio Carrillo National Park, and at 800m in the Penas Blancas Valley east of Monteverde (where it appears to be sympatric with Tatuidris JTL-001). All collections have been from mature wet forest.
One specimen from La Selva Biological Station (specimen code INB0003678143) has the erect hairs reduced to a sparse short stubble, thus approaching the condition of Tatuidris JTL-001.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 49 times found in mature wet forest, 47 times found in montane wet forest, 28 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, 12 times found in tropical moist forest, 6 times found in wet forest, 6 times found in lowland wet forest, 2 times found in wet montane forest, 4 times found in cloud forest, 1 times found in Primary wet forest, 1 times found in moist forest, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 133 times ex sifted leaf litter, 27 times Hojarasca, 5 times Sobre Vegetacion, 1 times All ants from Louisa Stark (OTS 89-1 student) study; litter and ground-nesting a, 1 times sifted leaf litter, 1 times litter, 2 times forest litter, 3 times ex sifted litter, 1 times ex sifted leaf litter on ground, 3 times sifted litter, 1 times leaf litter sample, GIS 1800/900. [examples of each ant species, all parasitica, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 95 times MiniWinkler, 34 times MaxiWinkler, 28 times Mini Winkler, 12 times Winkler, 4 times Berlese, 5 times Sweeping, 1 times Search, 1 times Davis sifter, 2 times Malaise, 1 times Winkler 50, 1 times sifted litter, ...
Elevations: collected from 50 - 1400 meters, 708 meters average
Type specimens: Holotype: casent0178755