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Species: Hylomyrma dentiloba   (Santschi, 1931) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Lundella dentiloba Santschi, 1931d PDF: 271 (w.) PANAMA. Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: holotype worker. Primary type locality: Panama: France Field, (A. Bierig). Primary type depository: NHMB. Primary type specimen: CASENT0913528. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Hylomyrma: Kempf, 1960f PDF: 430
Status as species: Kempf, 1964e PDF: 52 (redescription), 55 (in key); Kempf, 1972b PDF: 118; Kempf, 1973b PDF: 238 (redescription); Kutter, 1977a PDF: 88; Bolton, 1995b: 213; Branstetter & Sáenz, 2012 PDF: 258; Pierce et al., 2017 PDF: 137; Ulysséa & Brandão, 2021 10.11646/zootaxa.5055.1.1 PDF: 40 (diagnosis, redescription).
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Panama, Costa Rica (to Mexico if versuta a junior synonym). Costa Rica: widespread in midmontane to lowland sites.



Kempf 1973 last revised Hylomyrma. Two very similar species were dentiloba, from Panama, and versuta, from Mexico and Belize. He had relatively little Central American material with which to examine character variation, and he suggested that further collecting might reveal continuous variation between the two forms. Several of the characters he used for species distinctions do vary considerably within Costa Rica, as follows.

Dorsal sculpture on mesosoma (Fig. 1, reduced, original). Material from the northern Atlantic lowlands, south to La Selva, and montane sites such as Penas Blancas, Braulio Carrillo National Park above La Selva, and San Vito, have transverse rugae on the anterior pronotum, and a fairly abrupt transition to more longitudinal rugae on the mesonotum. The rugae are variably distinct, with shiny crests emergent from the underlying striolate-punctate sculpture. Material from Rara Avis (a site just south and upslope of La Selva), Carara, and the Osa Peninsula have less organized sculpture, with short, lumpy rugulae overlain by the striolate-punctate sculpture. Material from Hitoy Cerere is intermediate. This is one of the main differentiating features for versuta (distinct rugae) and dentiloba (indistinct rugae). A transition seems to be occurring in Costa Rica, from more dentiloba-like traits in the south to more versuta-like traits in the north.

Sculpture on AT4. versuta and dentiloba varied in the length of the costulae radiating from the postpetiolar insertion. This trait seems highly variable in Costa Rica.

Relative narrowness of compound eye. This is highly variable in Costa Rica, and seems to span the differences used in couplet 10 of Kempf's key.

Sculpture of outer face of tibiae. Most Costa Rican dentiloba have faint traces of striation on tibiae. One specimen from Rara Avis has strongly striate tibiae.

I have chosen to use the name dentiloba for all the Costa Rican material in this group, since it is the older name.

Natural History:

Hylomyrma workers and queens occur in samples of sifted leaf litter from the forest floor. Little else is known about them.


Kempf, W. W. 1973. A revision of the Neotropical myrmicine ant genus Hylomyrma Forel (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Studia Entomol. 16:225-260.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in wet forest, 0 times found in dry tropical wet mountain forest, trans. Litter, 1 times found in premontane rainforest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times ex sifted leaf litter.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times Winkler.

Elevations: collected from 90 - 800 meters, 326 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1930-06-02 00:00:00.0 and 2011-01-01 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: syntype of Hylomyrma dentiloba: casent0913528

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