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|Combination in Dolichoderus: Mayr, 1886c PDF: 356; in Dolichoderus (Hypoclinea): Emery, 1894d PDF: 228; in Hypoclinea: Kempf, 1972b PDF: 120; in Dolichoderus: Shattuck, 1992c PDF: 77.|
Mexico south to Bolivia and southern Brazil. Costa Rica: widespread.
From MacKay 1993:
This is a common species, found in disturbed habitats (especially coffee plantations) as well as virgin forest up to 800 meters in elevation. It is common in riparian sites. Nests are found in hollow, dead twigs in trees or in abandoned arboreal termite nests or in spines of Acacia bursaria (Wheeler, 1936, 1942; pers. obs.). It is commonly intercepted in quarantine on orchids, in pseudobulbs and in banana debris. These ants are not aggressive when the nest is disturbed, they escape very rapidly into the leaf litter. Sexuals are commonly collected in light traps. Stray sexuals have been collected in Jan. (Panama), Jan., Mar. and May (Brasil), May and June (Mexico), and July (Guiana).[MacKay Literature Cited]
This is by far the most common species in Costa Rica. They are most abundant in highly insolated areas such as roadsides, scrubby vegetation, and the high canopy. Nests are almost always in narrow guage dead stems, often simple stem fragments lodged in vegetation. They occasionally restrict nest openings with small amounts of carton construction, covering the ends of hollow sticks and leaving a small entrance hole. They are opportunistic nesters in myrmecophytes, particularly Cordia alliodora and Triplaris. In these cases they usually nest in dead branches low in the crown, away from the resident colony of dominant plant ants (e.g., Azteca pittieri, Pseudomyrmex viduus).
When held with forceps, workers produce a white, somewhat foamy substance that quickly spreads onto the forceps. They do not have the strong odor typical of other dolichoderines.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 17 times found in tropical moist forest, 12 times found in lowland wet forest, 4 times found in SSO 450m, 9 times found in 2º lowland rainforest, 3 times found in Entre el SHO y SSE, 4 times found in Sura 700m, 5 times found in 2º wet forest, 3 times found in Port of entry, 1 times found in CCL 840M, 1 times found in SURA 850M, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 34 times Fogging, 36 times Beating, 25 times search, 11 times Malaise, 4 times MaxiWinkler, 3 times Flight Intercept Trap, 3 times MiniWinkler, 2 times Baiting, 2 times Blacklight, 1 times Berlese, 1 times Malaise 4, ...
Elevations: collected from 5 - 1480 meters, 227 meters average