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Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica (type locality). Costa Rica: Atlantic slope to 500m.
This species inhabits forest habitats in the Atlantic lowlands of Costa Rica. I know it from only a few collections. At Casa Plastico, a site above La Selva Biological Station at about 500m elevation, I observed a massive emergence from a nest. A tree was surrounded by a large Atta nest, and at the base of the tree a patch of leaf litter 30cm across was solidly covered with workers, males, alate queens, and brood of S. succinea. At La Selva I have collected the species twice. One collection was of workers scattered over the surface of a freshly sawn log, near the arboretum. The other was workers in suspended dead wood in forest near the lab clearing. Project ALAS never collected the species in any of the quantitative sampling programs (Berlese samples, Winkler, Malaise traps, canopy fogging). A worker has been collected in one of the Winkler samples of Conservation International's TEAM project.
|Solenopsis succinea||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|
|Solenopsis succinea||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: 398, (download)||398||3948|
Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in tropical rainforest, 3 times found in tropical rainforest, with big trees, probably primary, 2 times found in mature wet forest, 1 times found in second-growth forest, 1 times found in secondgrowth forest, 1 times found in tropical moist forest.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times at bait, Solenopsis. SUR between lab clearing and arboretum. Freshly sawn dead log times 3366, 1 times Wet forest; massive emergence at base of tree in Atta colombica nest. A patch of, 4 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times Wet forest. Ex sifted leaf litter. Ridge just above La Cantarana. Km16 of Hartsh, 1 times Tête plus échancrée á côtés + convexes, 1 times soil nest on old road, 1 times nest under stone, 1 times nest in clay bank, solenop; nr. trap 12; in suspended dead wood. times 3394.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times Baiting, 4 times miniWinkler, 1 times Pitfall, 1 times search, 1 times Winkler.
Elevations: collected from 50 - 1000 meters, 279 meters average
Type specimens: Lectotype of Solenopsis succinea: casent0904633; syntype of Solenopsis succinea: casent0902342; syntype of Solenopsis succinea nicai: casent0908850; type of Solenopsis succinea: focol1885, focol1886, focol1887