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Species: Carebara brevipilosa   Fernández, 2004 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Carebara brevipilosa Fernández, 2004a PDF: 210 (w.) COLOMBIA. Neotropic. Primary type information: Type-material: holotype worker. Type-locality: Colombia: Caquetá, San José de la Fragua, La Esmeralda, Yuruyaco River, 1500 m., 7-10.ix.2002 (E.L. González). Type-depository: IAVH. Secondary type information: Paratype-material: 9 paratype workers. Paratype-localities: 1 paratype worker with same data as holotype, 3 paratype workers Brazil: São Paulo, Agudos, 23.ii.1995 (W. Kempf 1806), 3 paratype workers Colombia: Amazonas, Amacayacu Nat. Park, Mata-Mata creek, 3°48’S, 70°15W, 27.iii.2000, Winkler 2 (R. Alvarado), 2 paratype workers Colombia: Nariño, Territorio Kofán, 00°30’N, 77°13’W, 1430 m., 25.xi.1998, Winkler T4 in forest (E.L. González). Paratype-depositories: CPDC, IAVH, ICNB, MCZC, MZSP. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Status as species: Fischer et al., 2014 PDF: 76 (redescription); Fernández & Serna, 2019 PDF: 822.
// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Venezuela
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Costa Rica, Colombia (type locality), Brazil (Sao Paulo). Costa Rica: scattered localities in seasonally moist habitats.


Natural History:

My records of this species are from the Osa Peninsula, the "bosque humedo" of Santa Rosa National Park, La Selva Biological Station, and CATIE near Turrialba. I've also collected it in Colombia. Relative to its close relative urichi, and admittedly based on very few records, it appears to prefer slightly drier or more seasonal habitats. Most records are from Winkler samples of sifted litter from the forest floor. Nichole Barger and Dana Roth made collections of brevipilosa in separate baiting studies at La Selva Biological Station.


I used to identify this species as Oligomyrmex eidmanni. Fern‡ndez (2004) synonymized Oligomyrmex under Carebara and the species eidmanni under urichi.


Fern‡ndez C., F. 2004. The American species of the myrmicine ant genus Carebara Westwood (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Caldasia 26:191-238.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 54 times found in mature wet forest, 7 times found in tropical rainforest, 7 times found in wet forest, 7 times found in tropical rainforest, with big trees, probably primary, 5 times found in lowland rainforest, 5 times found in montane wet forest, 1 times found in wet forest fragment, 4 times found in tropical rainforest, with some big trees, probably a mix of primary and secondary forest, 3 times found in mature moist forest, 2 times found in tropical wet forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 84 times ex sifted leaf litter, 4 times ex sifted litter, 4 times Hojarasca, 2 times Ex sifted leaf litter., 3 times at bait, 3 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 1 times sifted litter, 1 times Primary forest, 1 times mercury vapor lamp.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 66 times miniWinkler, 14 times Winkler, 12 times MaxiWinkler, 7 times Baited pitfall, 6 times Mini Winkler, 2 times baiting, 1 times Search & Berlese, 1 times sweep net, 1 times Unknown, 1 times blacklight, 1 times direct collection, ...

Elevations: collected from 10 - 1070 meters, 290 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1933-12-31 00:00:00.0 and 2018-08-24 00:00:00.0

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