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Species: Octostruma schusteri   Longino, 2013 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Octostruma schusteri Longino, 2013b PDF: 50, figs 1B, 3B, 5N, 37, 43 (w.) GUATEMALA. Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: holotype worker. Primary type locality: Guatemala: Suchitepéquez, 5 km. S Vol. Atitlán, 14.54074, -91.18812, ±35 m., 1400 m., (LLAMA Wm-B-09-2-07), cloud forest, ex sifted leaf litter. Primary type depository: CASC. Primary type specimen: CASENT0611856. Secondary type information: Secondary type material: 4 paratype workers. Secondary type locality: same data as holotype but 5.5 km. S Vol. Atitlán, 14.52857, -91.19569, ±200 m., 1070 m., riparian forest, ex sifted leaf litter (LLAMA Wm-B-09-2-08). Secondary type depositories: JTLC, MCZC, USNM, UVGC. AntCat AntWiki


A cryptic inhabitant of forest floor leaf litter and rotten wood; from cloud forest on Volcán Atitlán, Guatemala. // Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Guatemala
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:



Octostruma schusteri is known from cloud forest on the slopes of Volcán Atitlán, 1070–1400 m elevation, all from Winkler samples of sifted litter and rotten wood from the forest floor.


Face lacking transverse arcuate carina; basal five teeth of mandible acute; apex of labrum bilobed; mesosomal dorsum and first gastral tergite lacking erect setae; HW > 0.80.


The name is in honor of Jack Schuster, Entomologist at the Universidad del Valle, Guatemala.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in riparian forest, 1 times found in cloud forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times ex sifted leaf litter.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 2 times MaxiWinkler.

Elevations: collected from 1070 - 1400 meters, 1125 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected on 2009-06-18 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: holotype Octostruma schusteri Longino 2013: casent0611856; paratype Octostruma schusteri Longino 2013: casent0611871, casent0627368, casent0627369, casent0627370

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