Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2018)
Distribution:Nearctic Region: TexasNeotropical Region: Belize
, El Salvador
, French Guiana
, Trinidad and Tobago
is a widely distributed and common species, occurring from Mexico to Argentina, with an outlying (and possibly introduced) population in Florida. The records of P. elongatus
from Texas (Ward, 1985) are in error: they refer to P. caeciliae
(see Ward, 1989).
is a generalist inhabitant of dead twigs of woody plants. It has been collected in mangroves, old fields, along roadsides, and in forested habitats ranging from tropical dry forest to secondary and primary rain forest. Specific nest-site records include dead twigs of Avicennia germinans
, Rhizophora mangle
, Laguncularia racemosa
, Baccharis halimifolia
, Baccharis trinervis
spp., Vernonia patens
, Terminalia catappa
, Tecoma stans
, Zanthoxylum culantrillo
, Gliricidia sepium
sp., and Sapium
sp. It has also been recorded nesting in live branches of Pithecellobium saman
, Cordia alliodora
, and Triplaris cumingiana
. Thus, it appears that P. elongatus
will occupy ant-plant domatia opportunistically.
Among members of the oculatus
group (see Ward, 1989), workers of elongatus
can be recognized by the
following combination of features:
- relatively small size (HW 0.56-0.68)
- head densely punctate and predominantly opaque
- eyes relatively long (REL 0.53-0.59; REL2 0.73-0.82)
- petiole relatively short (PLI 0.79-1.09), with rounded dorsolateral margination
is a common and widespread species whose key features are its relatively small size (HW 0.56-0.68); densely punctate and predominantly opaque head; long eyes (REL > 0.52, REL2 > 0.72); and relatively short, high petiole (PLI > 0.78).
Ward, P. S. 1985. The Nearctic species of the genus Pseudomyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Quaestiones Entomologicae 21: 209-246.
Ward, P. S. 1989. Systematic studies on pseudomyrmecine ants: revision of the Pseudomyrmex oculatus and P. subtilissimus species groups, with taxonomic comments on other species. Quaestiones Entomologicae 25: 393-468.
Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)
Treatment Citation: Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55
elongatus (MayrHNS 1870a).
Canindeyú, Central, Ñeembucú, Pte. Hayes, San Pedro (ALWC, IFML, INBP).
Specimen Habitat Summary
Found most commonly in these habitats: 0 times found in red mangrove, 7 times found in 2º lowland rainforest, 11 times found in tropical moist forest, 8 times found in CC 1500 m., 2 times found in moist forest, 4 times found in tropical dry forest, 5 times found in tropical rainforest, 5 times found in SAT, 5 times found in mangrove, 0 times found in Tropical hardwood forest, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 14 times beating vegetation, 9 times Malaise trap, 9 times copa de árbol, 3 times ex dead twig, 3 times in fresh treefall, 1 times foragers on treefall, 3 times strays, 2 times collecting from Carapa guianensis, felled yesterday, along new roadcut just beyo, 2 times beating veg., 1 times nest in hollow branch, st times Virola tree felled yesterday at edge of lab clearing behind new lab. #3381-s, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 29 times Fogging, 18 times search, 16 times Beating, 14 times Malaise, 18 times Nest in twig above ground, 5 times hand collecting, 6 times ex dead twig, 00 times collected manually on live tree bole within Ft. Jefferson, 10, 4 times Foraging|on low vegetation, 1 times Dead twig, 0 times On sea grape, ...
Elevations: collected from 1 - 1240 meters, 218 meters average
Type specimens: Lectotype of Pseudomyrmex elongatus: casent0915840; syntype of Pseudomyrma elongata tandem: casent0907537
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