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Tropical Central and South America (Brown 1976). Costa Rica: throughout in wet forest to 900m.
This is a large, aggressive species that nests in large epiphyte clumps or dead branches, from the low arboreal zone to the subcanopy. It usually occurs in the shaded conditions of mature wet forest.
Brown, W. L., Jr. 1976. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. Part VI. Ponerinae, tribe Ponerini, subtribe Odontomachiti. Section A. Introduction, subtribal characters. Genus Odontomachus. Studia Entomol. 19:67-171.
Fabricius, J. C. 1804. Systema Piezatorum. Brunsvigae: C. Reichard. xiv + 15-439 + 30pp. Ants - p. 395-428.
|Odontomachus hastatus||Forel, A., 1908, Fourmis de Costa-Rica, récoltées par M. Paul Biolley., Bulletin de la Societe Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles 44, pp. 35-72: 36, (download)||36||4014|
|Odontomachus hastatus||Mayr, G., 1862, Myrmecologische Studien., Verhandlungen der Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 12, pp. 649-776: 711, (download)||711||4445|
Found most commonly in these habitats: 48 times found in montane wet forest, 7 times found in wet forest, 5 times found in rainforest, 8 times found in lowland rainforest, 4 times found in mature wet forest, 3 times found in Primary wet forest, 3 times found in Sura, 1 times found in Sura 700m, 1 times found in tall wet forest, 2 times found in mature rainforest, edge of forest near pasture and agricultural land, steep rocky terrain, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 7 times Sobre Vegetacion, 5 times beating veg., 4 times pan trap, 3 times Sura, 2 times strays, 3 times SCH, 3 times nocturnal strays, 1 times nest in rotten wood, 1 times Nest in clump of debris and organic matter, 1 times under epiphytes *in treefall, 2 times STR, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 34 times Malaise, 16 times Search, 17 times flight intercept trap, 11 times Fogging, 7 times Sweeping, 6 times beating, 6 times Blacklight, 5 times Foggin, 4 times Pan Trap, 1 times at light, 0 times nest in arborial rotten foliage, ...
Elevations: collected from 2 - 1350 meters, 346 meters average