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Natural History: Little known. Ponera species are all thought to be generalist predators of small, soft-bodied arthropods. Colony-founding queens forage (as most likely do all our ponerines) in soil and leaf litter. The above mentioned Kansas colony had about sixty workers and a single queen.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 102 times found in cloud forest, 59 times found in montane wet forest, 21 times found in mixed forest, 19 times found in 2º mesophil forest, 17 times found in litter in upland hardwood forest, 0 times found in at base of hardwood tree, 14 times found in deciduous forest, 15 times found in litter/soil- Carya sp. base in upland hardwood forest, 15 times found in soil at base of large Juniperus virginiana in cedar glade, 15 times found in oak cloud forest, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 255 times ex sifted leaf litter, 22 times soil and litter, 5 times forest litter, 10 times Malaise trap, 7 times leaf litter, 6 times ex forest litter, 4 times ex sifted litter, 1 times under epiphytes, 3 times soil, 1 times litter, 2 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), ...
Collected most commonly using these methods: 155 times MiniWinkler, 79 times Berlese funnel, 65 times MaxiWinkler, 17 times Berlese, 21 times general collecting, 17 times Winkler, 15 times Berlese/Winkler, 8 times malaise trap, 2 times search, 2 times Malaise, 2 times Maxi Winkler, ...
Elevations: collected from 60 - 2302 meters, 1463 meters average
Collect Date Range: collected between 1960-08-20 and 2019-06-13