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Species: Solenopsis succinea   Emery, 1890 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2019)

Solenopsis succinea Emery, 1890c PDF: 52 (w.q.m.) COSTA RICA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

[Also described as new by Emery, 1894l PDF: 56.].
Combination in Solenopsis (Diagyne): Santschi, 1923c PDF: 267.
Senior synonym of Solenopsis inermiceps: Creighton, 1930b PDF: 139.


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica (type locality). Costa Rica: Atlantic slope to 500m.


Natural History:

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.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
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

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in wet forest, 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 tropical moist forest, 1 times found in second-growth forest, 1 times found in secondgrowth forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times massive emergence at base of tree, 5 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times at bait, Solenopsis. SUR between lab clearing and arboretum. Freshly sawn dead log times 3366, 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 search, 1 times Winkler, 1 times Pitfall.

Elevations: collected from 50 - 1000 meters, 299 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

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