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Species: Strumigenys borgmeieri   Brown, 1954 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Strumigenys borgmeieri Brown, 1954l PDF: 57 (w.) BRAZIL (Pernambuco). Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: holotype worker. Primary type locality: Brazil: Pernambuco, Tapera (Pickel). Primary type depository: MCZC. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Status as species: Brown, 1962c PDF: 240; Kempf, 1972b PDF: 243; Bolton, 1995b: 396; Lattke & Goitía, 1997 PDF: 374 (in key); Bolton, 2000: 531 (redescription); Pérez-Pedraza & Fernández, 2019 PDF: 1083.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica. In Costa Rica: Atlantic and northern Pacific lowlands.


Natural History:

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.

Specimen Habitat Summary

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, 1 times found in TerraFirme.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 7 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times under board in lawn, 1 times Hojarasca, 1 times LeafLitter.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 3 times MaxiWinkler, 3 times miniWinkler, 2 times Winkler, 1 times search, 1 times Winkler48h.

Elevations: collected from 20 - 850 meters, 316 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1985-07-17 00:00:00.0 and 2015-07-07 00:00:00.0

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