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Species: Procryptocerus attenuatus   (Smith, 1876) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Meranoplus attenuatus Smith, 1876d PDF: 610, pl. 11, fig. 9 (q.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Cataulacus: Mayr, 1886c PDF: 364; in Procryptocerus: Emery, 1887h PDF: 470.
Revived status as species: Kempf, 1963c PDF: 436.
Senior synonym of Procryptocerus puncticeps: Forel, 1911g PDF: 263; of Procryptocerus guianensis: Kempf, 1963c PDF: 436.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Suriname
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Brazil (Amap‡, Amazonas, Par‡, Rondonia, Roraima), Bolivia, Peru, Guyana, Suriname, Panama, Costa Rica.


Natural History:

This rarely-collected species occurs in the high canopy of lowland rainforest trees. Some collections have come from insecticidal fogging of the canopy (Luehea seemannii in Panama, the Erwin fogging program in Peru). Weber (1938) obtained the winged queen of P. guianensis from the stomach of Bufo marinus. An LACM specimen is a queen head capsule collected from the feces of a silky anteater (Cyclopes). The only known nest collection was by W. L. Brown, Jr., from near Manaus. The collection contains a dealate queen and a male.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in lowland rainforest, 1 times found in montane wet forest, in matrix of pasture and forest, probabl old 2nd growth, 2 times found in rainforest edge.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times Luehea seemannii 1-3, 1 times tree 72, young terra-firma forest., 1 times tree #1, 2 times on low vegetation, 1 times beating veg., 1 times tree #7, 1 times tree #4, 1 times tree #13, 1 times in Bufo marinus stomach, 1 times ex feces Cyclopes (silky anteater), 1 times tree #3, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 6 times canopy fogging, 1 times beating, 1 times beating vegetation (2 hours), 1 times beating vegetation (20 minutes), 1 times search.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 850 meters, 411 meters average

Type specimens: holotype attenuatus: jtl0003613; holotype guianensis: lacment144249; holotype puncticeps: jtl0003614; paralectotype of Procryptocerus attenuatus: casent0900224

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