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Species: Eciton vagans   (Olivier, 1792) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Extant: 6 valid subspecies

Formica vagans Olivier, 1792: 501 (w.) FRENCH GUIANA. Neotropic. Primary type information: Type-material: holotype(?) worker. Type-locality: French Guiana: Cayenne (Tugni). Type-depository: unknown (perhaps MNHN). Type notes: No indication of number of specimens is given. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Combination in Eciton: Smith, 1855c PDF: 162
Combination in Eciton (Eciton): Emery, 1910b PDF: 21.
Status as species: Latreille, 1802a PDF: 243; Smith, 1855c PDF: 162; Smith, 1858a PDF: 151; Mayr, 1863a PDF: 409; Roger, 1863b PDF: 36; Mayr, 1886b PDF: 118 (in key); Emery, 1890b PDF: 55; Emery, 1890c PDF: 38; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 6; Emery, 1894d PDF: 178; Emery, 1894l PDF: 45; Forel, 1895b PDF: 121; Emery, 1896h PDF: 625; Forel, 1899b PDF: 24; Forel, 1899j: 273; Wheeler, 1907b PDF: 271; Forel, 1908a PDF: 64; Forel, 1909a PDF: 246; Emery, 1910b PDF: 21; Forel, 1912d PDF: 42; Mann, 1916 PDF: 420; Luederwaldt, 1918 PDF: 37; Santschi, 1920d PDF: 363; Borgmeier, 1923: 40; Santschi, 1923g PDF: 1259; Menozzi, 1931d PDF: 188; Borgmeier, 1934 PDF: 93; Eidmann, 1936a PDF: 28; Borgmeier, 1939 PDF: 405; Borgmeier, 1948b PDF: 459; Borgmeier, 1953 PDF: 13; Borgmeier, 1955 PDF: 229 (redescription); Kempf, 1961b PDF: 486; Kempf, 1970b PDF: 323; Kempf, 1972b PDF: 103; Watkins, 1976 PDF: 9 (in key); Watkins, 1982 PDF: 209 (in key); Wheeler & Wheeler, 1984a PDF: 270; Bolton, 1995b: 186; Palacio, 1999: 151 (in key); Wild, 2007b PDF: 25; Branstetter & Sáenz, 2012 PDF: 254; Palacio, 2019 PDF: 601.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Paraguay: Caaguazú, Cordillera

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Eciton vagans   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 25, (download) 25 21367
Eciton vagans   Borgmeier, T., 1939, Nova contribuição para o conhecimento das formigas neotropicais (Hym. Formicidae)., Revista de Entomologia, São Paulo 10, pp. 403-428: 405-406, (download) 405-406 6484
Eciton vagans   Smith, F., 1858, Catalogue of the hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae., London: British Museum, pp. -1--1: 151, (download) 151 8127

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 6 times found in Semideciduous seasonal forest, 1 times found in tropical wet forest, 1 times found in rainforest, 1 times found in cloud forest, 1 times found in coffee finca, 3 times found in Tropical hardwood forest, 1 times found in 2∫ cloud forest, 1 times found in pasture, 1 times found in Plantation, 1 times found in Swamp, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 4 times column on ground, 2 times ground forager(s), 2 times raiding trail, 2 times LeafLitter, 1 times swarm on ground, 1 times raiding trail over 90ft.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 5 times hand collecting, 1 times raiding column, 4 times direct collection, 3 times Epigaeic pitfall, 1 times Pitfall48h, 1 times Pitfall72h, 1 times Light trap.

Elevations: collected from 40 - 1350 meters, 528 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1936-07-18 00:00:00.0 and 2017-07-05 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Holotype of Eciton simillima: casent0902633; Holotype of Eciton integrum: casent0911389

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