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Mann, W. M. 1922. Ants from Honduras and Guatemala. Proc. U.S. Natn. Mus. 61:1-54.
Wilson, E. O. 1955. Ecology and behavior of the ant Belonopelta deletrix Mann (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche 62:82-87.
One worker from Chiapas, soil. Agreeing very well with Mann's description and figure, except that the size is a little larger than Mann's measurements. Mann designated BelonopeltaHNS as nominate subgenus to his new subgenus SimopeltaHNS. Wheeler later separated the two generically by means of abundant characters. It does not seem to have been noticed that B. deletrixHNS has minute lateral spurs beside the larger medial ones on the middle and posterior tibiae. Specimens of Simopelta jeckylli MannHNS, Simopelta williamsi WheelerHNS, and Simopelta manni WheelerHNS all lack such lateral spurs completely, so this lack may afford an additional generic character.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 40 times found in cloud forest, 17 times found in tropical rainforest, 11 times found in tropical wet forest, 10 times found in 2º lowland rainforest, 11 times found in 2º wet forest, 12 times found in montane wet forest, 10 times found in mesophyll forest, 11 times found in hardwood forest, 10 times found in tropical moist forest, 7 times found in mature wet forest, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 168 times ex sifted leaf litter, 39 times Malaise trap, 7 times Hojarasca, 1 times under stone, 2 times forest litter, 2 times ex sifted litter, 1 times wet forest litter, 1 times Sobre Vegetacion, 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 1 times sifted litter, 1 times nest, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 85 times MiniWinkler, 62 times MaxiWinkler, 41 times Malaise, 14 times Winkler, 7 times Berlese, 7 times Mini Winkler, 5 times Search, 5 times Berlese/Winkler, 2 times Night MiniWinkler, 1 times FIT, 1 times suction sampler, ...
Elevations: collected from 20 - 2280 meters, 940 meters average