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Species: Thaumatomyrmex atrox   Weber, 1939 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Thaumatomyrmex atrox Weber, 1939a PDF: 98, fig. 3 (w.) GUYANA. Neotropic. Primary type information: Type-material: holotype worker. Type-locality: Guyana (“British Guiana”): Kartabo Point, junction of Mazaruni and Cuyuni Rivers, 20.viii.1935 (N.A. Weber). Type-depository: MCZC. Secondary type information: Paratype-material: 1 paratype worker. Paratype-locality: Trinidad: foothills N Tunapuna, 29.vii.1935 (N.A. Weber). Paratype-depository: MCZC. AntCat AntWiki HOL

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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Venezuela
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Costa Rica, Panama, Guyana (type locality), Trinidad, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia (Kempf 1975, Longino 1988). Costa Rica: La Selva Biological Station.


Natural History:

In Costa Rica, this species is known from a single specimen, from La Selva Biological Station (SSE 700), in a berlese sample of litter and soil from the forest floor. A Brazilian species, Thaumatomyrmex mutilatus, is a specialist predator of polyxenid millipedes (Brandao et al. 1991), and thus atrox may be as well.


Brandao, C. R. F., J. L. M. Diniz, and E. M. Tomotake. 1991. Thaumatomyrmex strips millipedes for prey, a novel predatory behaviour in ants and the first case of sympatry in the genus. Insectes Soc. 38:335-344.

Kempf, W. W. 1975. A revision of the Neotropical ponerine ant genus Thaumatomyrmex Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Stud. Entomol. 18:95-126.

Longino, J. T. 1988. Notes on the taxonomy of the neotropical ant genus Thaumatomyrmex Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). In J. C. Trager (ed.), Advances in Myrmecology, pp. 35-42. E. J. Brill, New York.

Weber, N. A. 1939. New ants of rare genera and a new genus of ponerine ants. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 32:91-104.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in rainforest, 6 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, isolated peak with oak trees, 3 times found in mature wet forest, 3 times found in montane wet forest, along ridge leading to stream, oak trees present, probably mature or old 2nd growth with relict trees, near pasture, 2 times found in TerraFirme, 2 times found in montane wet forest, 1 times found in montane wet forest, small patch at edge of road, probably 2ndary, Vachelia with Pseudomryemx ants presnt in understory, 1 times found in Narrow strip of riparian forest, surrounded by steep pastures, 1 times found in 1� forest, 1 times found in El Platanal. Bosque Nublado, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 21 times ex sifted leaf litter, 2 times LeafLitter, 1 times leaf litter on mangrove islands, 1 times leaf litter, 1 times Ex horjarasca.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 12 times miniWinkler, 6 times maxiWinkler, 1 times search, 3 times Winkler, 2 times Winkler48h, 1 times Berlese, 1 times litter sample.

Elevations: collected from 50 - 1100 meters, 555 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1975-01-24 00:00:00.0 and 2020-02-16 00:00:00.0

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