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|See also: Bolton, 2000: 531.|
Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica. In Costa Rica: Atlantic and northern Pacific lowlands.
Brown and Wilson (1959) summarize the genus as follows: "Widespread in tropics and warm temperate areas. Primarily forest-dwelling; some species occur in grassland and arid scrub. ... Nests mostly in soil and rotting wood; a few species live in arboreal plant cavities in tropical rain forest. Foraging hypogaeic to epigaeic-arboreal. Food: most species are collembolan feeders; a few are polyphagous predators or occasionally feed on sugary substances..."
Members of the genus are all predaceous, with a kinetic mode of attack (Bolton 1999).
borgmeieri is known from few collections. The holotype is from Tapera, Pernambuco, Brazil. I collected a worker in a Winkler sample, sifted litter from the forest floor, in a patch of riparian forest surrounded by pastures, Finca La Pacifica, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. The species has also been collected twice at La Selva Biological Station, from forest floor leaf litter.
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.
Brown, W. L., Jr. 1954. The neotropical species of the ant genus Strumigenys Fr. Smith: Group of saliens Mayr. Journal of the New York Entomological Society 62:55-62.
Brown, W. L., Jr., Wilson, E. O. 1959. The evolution of the dacetine ants. Quarterly Review of Biology 34:278-294.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 3 times found in tropical rainforest, 1 times found in LEP, 1 times found in mature rainforest, edge of forest near pasture and agricultural land, steep rocky terrain, 1 times found in moist forest edge, 1 times found in 2º wet forest, 1 times found in campus, 1 times found in dry forest, 1 times found in garden, 1 times found in old cacao plantation.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 7 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times under board in lawn, 1 times Hojarasca.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 3 times MaxiWinkler, 3 times miniWinkler, 2 times Winkler, 1 times search.
Elevations: collected from 20 - 850 meters, 302 meters average