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Species: Solenopsis globularia   (Smith, 1858) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2017)

Myrmica globularia Smith, 1858a PDF: 131 (w.q.m.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Solenopsis: Roger, 1863b: 32; in Solenopsis (Euophthalma): Creighton, 1930b PDF: 110.
Material of the unavailable name Solenopsis curta referred here by Creighton, 1930b PDF: 110.


 Species is native to: Nearctic, Neotropical bioregions (based on species list records).

Afrotropical Region: Africa, Dakar, Saint Helena, Senegal, Western Africa
Australasia Region: Oceania
Nearctic Region: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North America, North Carolina, South Carolina, United States
Neotropical Region: Americas, Barbados, Brazil, Caribbean, Ceará, Central America, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Galapagos Islands, Galápagos, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guanacaste, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Izabal, La Paz, Magdalena, Managua, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Puntarenas, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sonsonate, South America, United States Virgin Islands, Usulután, Venezuela, Veracruz, Zacapa
Oceania Region: French Polynesia, Hawaii, Polynesia

Distribution Notes:

Oahu, Hawaii


Natural History:

Solenopsis globularia prefers seasonally dry habitats in Costa Rica. I found a nest under a stone in the oak forest of Santa Rosa National Park, and I found a nest in epiphytic soil on a tree trunk near Lagartos, on the road to Monteverde. These are the only two Costa Rican collections I have seen.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Solenopsis globularia   Forel, A., 1893, Formicides de l'Antille St. Vincent. Récoltées par Mons. H. H. Smith., Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 1893, pp. 333-418: 395-396, (download) 395-396 3948
Solenopsis globularia   Forel, A., 1908, Fourmis de Costa-Rica, récoltées par M. Paul Biolley., Bulletin de la Societe Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles 44, pp. 35-72: 45, (download) 45 4014

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in 2nd growth dry forest, 6 times found in garden, 5 times found in beach, 1 times found in urban grassland, 1 times found in tropical dry forest, 2 times found in Urban, 2 times found in trees, 1 times found in agricultural area near forest, 1 times found in mangrove swamp, 2 times found in waterfront, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times at bait, 2 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times on sandy ground, 1 times nest under stone, 1 times collected in log/stump, 1 times nest under epiphytes, 1 times nest, 1 times in log of mahogany, 1 times foraging on ground, 1 times foragers, 1 times crater nest in sand, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times bait, 00 times collected at tuna/honey bait station, 9, 3 times search, 1 times maxiWinkler, 1 times baiting, 1 times Hand, 1 times En cebo de miel, 1 times pan trap, 1 times Pitfall trap, 1 times Winkler.

Elevations: collected from 2 - 475 meters, 123 meters average

Type specimens: Holotype of Solenopsis globularia pacifica var. rubida: castype00447; syntype of Solenopsis globularia: casent0902338; syntype of Solenopsis globularia pacifica: castype00446; syntype of Solenopsis globularia lucayensis curta: casent0908833; syntype of Solenopsis globularia mobilensis: casent0913898

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