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|Klug, 1824: 211 (q.); Emery, 1890c: 72 (s.); Forel, 1899B: 51 (m.); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1954b PDF: 157 (l.).|
|Combination in Paracryptocerus (Harnedia): Smith, 1949c PDF: 20; in Zacryptocerus: Hespenheide, 1986: 395; De Andrade & Baroni Urbani, 1999: 368.|
Mexico to Brazil and Bolivia. Costa Rica: common in Pacific lowlands, from the Osa Peninsula to Guanacaste Province; rare in the Atlantic lowlands.
This species prefers open, sunny habitats, including the high canopy of rainforest, secondgrowth vegetation, and isolated trees in pastures and around dwellings. It is a relatively common species, and conspicuous due to its color pattern. I most often encounter it on treetrunks and in treefalls. In spite of its commonness, I have only seen nests once. I was collecting in a canopy Ficus, and I found many nests in live branches. The nests were in the very tips of the branches, with inside diameters 5-8mm, outside diameters 15-20mm. The nest chambers were irregular, as though excavated by the ants and not preformed by the plant. Workers were very abundant in the crown of the tree, suggesting a large, polydomous colony with nests in many branches.
Andrade, M. L. de, and C. Baroni Urbani. 1999. Diversity and adaptation in the ant genus Cephalotes, past and present (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Stuttgarter Beitrage zur Naturkunde Serie B (Geologie und Palaontologie) 271:1-889.
Fabricius, J. C. 1804. Systema Piezatorum secundum ordines, genera, species, adjectis synonymis, locis, observationibus, descriptionibus. Brunswick: C. Reichard, xiv + 15-439 + 30 pp.
Kempf, W. W. 1958. New studies of the ant tribe Cephalotini (Hym. Formicidae). Stud. Entomol. (n.s.)1:1-168.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in wet forest, 3 times found in lowland rainforest, 1 times found in 2º lowland rainforest, 1 times found in 2º wet forest, 1 times found in La Selva, 1 times found in lowland primary rainforest, 1 times found in moist forest, 1 times found in Rainforest, 1 times found in suburban park, 1 times found in synanthropic, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times ex live stems Ficus, 2 times beating vegetation, 1 times strays in felled trees, 1 times Roadside veg., strays from treetrunks., strays times roadside veg., 1, 1 times on vegetation, 1 times Malaise trap, 1 times in fresh treefall, 1 times general collecting, 1 times fresh treefall, 1 times foragers on treefall, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 10 times search, 2 times Beating, 1 times Foraging on tree fall, 1 times forest Hisbiscus flowers, 1 times Malaise, 1 times observation, 1 times Foraging on tree.
Elevations: collected from 5 - 570 meters, 120 meters average