Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)
A cryptic inhabitant of forest floor leaf litter and rotten wood; southern Mexico and Guatemala.
Distribution:Neotropical Region: Chiapas
The types were collected by E. O. Wilson in leaf litter of dry, rocky, tropical evergreen forest. New material collected by the LLAMA project was in scrubby wet forest of eastern Chiapas and the seasonal evergreen forests of the Tikal region in Guatemala. All specimens were from Winkler samples of sifted leaf litter from the forest floor.
Face crossed by a clearly defined arcuate carina; anterior portion of face concave, differentiated from posterior portion, delimited by frontal carinae and facial arc; antennal scrobe deep and conspicuous with distinct posterior and ventral margins; face anterior to facial arc shallowly rugulose; posterior margin of vertex with pair of erect setae; facial arc joins dorsal margin of scrobe anterior to eye; eye minute, composed of < 5, partially fused ommatidia.
Specimen Habitat Summary
Found most commonly in these habitats: 15 times found in tropical moist forest, 1 times found in tropical rainforest, 1 times found in tropical moist forest at night, 1 times found in 2º wet forest, 1 times found in treefall gap in tropical moist forest, 1 times found in tropical evergreen forest.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 19 times ex sifted leaf litter.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 10 times MiniWinkler, 8 times MaxiWinkler, 1 times Night MiniWinkler.
Elevations: collected from 100 - 290 meters, 228 meters average
Type specimens: Holotype Octostruma rugiferoides: mcz-ent00030880
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