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Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico (Brown 1958). Costa Rica: Pacific lowlands from Punta Quepos northward.
This species appears to prefer dryer habitats, including disturbed areas (Brown 1958). Kaptein et al. (2004) (as G. striatula) show that larvae have a food begging behavior in which they lift their neck and head and perform a waving motion at workers and food items.
Brown, W. L., Jr. 1958. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. II. Tribe Ectatommini (Hymenoptera). Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 118:175-362.
Emery, C. 1896. Studi sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. XVII-XXV. Bolletino della Societa Entomologica Italiana 28:33-107, pl. 1.
Kaptein, N., J. Billen, and B. Gobin. 2005. Larval begging for food enhances reproductive options in the ponerine ant Gnamptogenys striatula. Animal Behaviour 69:293-299.
Lattke, J. E. 1995. Revision of the ant genus Gnamptogenys in the New World (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 4:137-193.