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Species: Acanthognathus teledectus   Brown & Kempf, 1969 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Acanthognathus teledectus Brown & Kempf, 1969 PDF: 105, fig. 11 (w.) COLOMBIA. Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: holotype worker. Primary type locality: Colombia: Dept. de Valle, Municipio de Buenaventura, Bajo Calima, on Carton de Colombia property, 10 km. N from company headquarters, 16.iii.1967 (R.B. Root & W.L. Brown). Primary type depository: MCZC. AntCat AntWiki HOL

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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Colombia to Guatemala. Costa Rica: Atlantic lowlands.



Inhabits lowland to lower montane wet forest; nests in rotten twigs or small pieces of rotten wood on the forest floor; predaceous on small arthropods.



Mandibles much longer than head, with multiple preapical teeth or denticles; face largely shiny.


A distinctive dark form of A. teledectus occurs on the Barva transect in Costa Rica. Specimens I have examined from La Selva Biological Station (50-100m elevation) and all specimens from north of Costa Rica are red brown, with feeble fossae on the gena, and with relatively longer propodeal spines. Collections from 300-600m elevation on the Barva transect, just above La Selva, are darker brown, with coarse fossae on the gena, and short propodeal spines.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 103 times found in mature wet forest, 86 times found in montane wet forest, 12 times found in CES (700.350 GIS), 9 times found in tropical rainforest, 5 times found in wet forest, 8 times found in tropical wet forest, 8 times found in lowland rainforest, 3 times found in SSA, 7 times found in tropical moist forest, 4 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 147 times ex sifted leaf litter, 83 times Hojarasca, 1 times Hojarasca., 5 times sifted litter, 1 times ex sifted litter, 1 times mixed primary forest litter, 1 times madera podrida, 1 times foragers in litter, 1 times epifitas, 1 times Cerca de M/20 y orilla de Quebrada Cantarrana, 1 times Camino toma de Agua, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 120 times MiniWinkler, 77 times Mini Winkler, 21 times Winkler, 20 times MaxiWinkler, 12 times Search & Berles, 9 times Berlese, 1 times Davis sifter, 1 times flight intercept trap, 1 times search.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 1140 meters, 327 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1973-03-06 00:00:00.0 and 2015-06-10 00:00:00.0

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