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Species: Solenopsis globularia   (Smith, 1858) 

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Solenopsis globularia_cf, Solenopsis globularia boringucnensis, Solenopsis globularia borinquenensis, Solenopsis globularia borinquensis, Solenopsis globularia cubaensis, Solenopsis globularia curta, Solenopsis globularia desecheoensis, Solenopsis globularia desecheonis, Solenopsis globularia littoralis, Solenopsis globularia lucayensis, Solenopsis globularia mobilensis, Solenopsis globularia pacifica, Solenopsis globularia rubida, Solenopsis globularia steinheili

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 introduced to: Afrotropical, Australasia, Indomalaya, Malagasy, Oceania, Palearctic bioregions.

Afrotropical Region: Saint Helena
Nearctic Region: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina
Neotropical Region: Barbados, Basse-Terre, Brazil, Cayenne, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Galapagos Islands, Grande-Terre, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guanacaste, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Izabal, La Paz, Magdalena, Managua, Marie Galante, Martinique, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Puntarenas, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sonsonate, United States Virgin Islands, Usulután, Venezuela, Zacapa
Oceania Region: French Polynesia, Hawaii, Tahiti

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 trees, 1 times found in agricultural area near forest, 1 times found in mangrove swamp, 2 times found in waterfront, 2 times found in forest, ...

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 in log of mahogany, 1 times foraging on ground, 1 times foragers, 1 times crater nest in sand, 1 times Under stone, 1 times strays, ...

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 En cebo de miel, 1 times pan trap, 1 times Pitfall trap, 1 times Winkler.

Elevations: collected from 2 - 475 meters, 131 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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