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Mexico (type locality), Costa Rica. Costa Rica: northern Pacific lowlands.
Members of the genus are all predaceous, with a static pressure mode of attack (Bolton 1999, 2000).
Bolton described the species based on material from cloud forest in southern Mexico. I have one specimen from Costa Rica that I tentatively identify as turpis. It was collected by Jenny Jacobs on Isla Pelada, one of the small offshore islands in the Guanacaste Conservation Area. It was in a litter sample.
Bolton, B. 1999. Ant genera of the tribe Dacetonini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Nat. Hist. 33:1639-1689.
Bolton, B. 2000. The ant tribe Dacetini, with a revision of the Strumigenys species of the Malagasy Region by Brian L. Fisher, and a revision of the Austral epopostrumiform genera by Steven O. Shattuck. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 65:1-1028.