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Species: Camponotus (Myrmosphincta) constructor   Forel, 1899 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Camponotus constructor Forel, 1899i PDF: 155, pl. 4, fig. 25 (w.q.) PANAMA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

// Distribution


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

Distribution Notes:

Costa Rica, Panama. Costa Rica: Atlantic and southern Pacific lowlands.


Natural History:

This is an enigmatic and rare species. It has a highly distinctive morphology unlike any other Camponotus in Costa Rica. I twice collected workers in Corcovado National Park, at Sirena. I have no notes for one of the collections, but the other was from a recent treefall. Phil Ward also collected the species in Corcovado, at Llorona. I also collected it at La Selva Biological Station, where I found workers in a recent treefall. This is the only known collection from La Selva, in spite of extensive inventory effort, including 52 canopy fogging samples.


Forel, A. 1899. Biologia Centrali-Americana; or, contributions to the knowledge of the fauna and flora of Mexico and Central America. Insecta. Hymenoptera. 3 (Formicidae). London. 169 pp.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 5 times found in montane wet forest, 2 times found in lowland rainforest, 1 times found in forest/pasture edge, montane wet forest, 1 times found in mature wet forest, 1 times found in rainforest, 1 times found in second-growth rainforest edge.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times Sobre Vegetacion, 2 times on low vegetation, 1 times beating veg., 1 times recent treefall, 1 times in treefall, 1 times in fresh treefall.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times Fogging, 2 times Foggin, 2 times Sweeping, 1 times beating, 1 times beating vegetation (1 hour), 1 times direct collection, 1 times Search.

Elevations: collected from 5 - 800 meters, 396 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1979-05-11 00:00:00.0 and 2015-07-09 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Lectotype of Camponotus constructor: casent0910614; paralectotype of Camponotus constructor: casent0910615; syntype of Camponotus constructor: casent0903634

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