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Species: Megalomyrmex drifti   Kempf, 1961 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Megalomyrmex drifti Kempf, 1961b PDF: 504, figs. 9-11 (w.q.) SURINAME. Neotropic. Primary type information: Type-material: holotype worker. Type-locality: Suriname: Dirkshoop, experimental citrus garden 40 km. W Paramaribo, x.1959 (J. van der Drift). Type-depository: MZSP. Secondary type information: Paratype-material: 12 paratype workers, 1 paratype queen. Paratype-locality: same as for holotype. Paratype-depositories: MCZC, MZSP. Type notes: Brandão, 1990b PDF: 448 comments that 5 paratypes are “probably at the J. van der Drift collection”, the location of which is not known to me. AntCat AntWiki HOL

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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Widespread in Neotropics from Brazil to Mexico. Costa Rica: throughout the country in the lowlands.


Natural History:

This species is known largely from samples of soil and leaf litter from the ground. I have collected workers and queens from Winkler and/or Berlese samples from Hitoy Cerere, La Selva, Rara Avis, Santa Rosa (Bosque humedo), Manuel Antonio, Osa Peninsula.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55

drifti KempfHNS 1961.

Alto Paraná, Amambay, Central, Concepción (ALWC, BMNH, MHNG).

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 19 times found in tropical wet forest, 5 times found in tropical rainforest, 5 times found in mature wet forest, 4 times found in wet forest, 4 times found in tropical rainforest, with some big trees, probably a mix of primary and secondary forest, 2 times found in tropical rainforest, with big trees, probably primary, 1 times found in forest, 1 times found in montane wet forest, 1 times found in Puesto12,318g,10m, 1 times found in rainforest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 41 times ex sifted leaf litter, 2 times Ex sifted leaf litter., 2 times LeafLitter, 1 times tall forest, rocky soil, 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 1 times ex sifted litter, rotten wood, 1 times Ex hojarasca.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 31 times miniWinkler, 7 times maxiWinkler, 5 times Winkler, 2 times Berlese, 2 times Winkler48h, 1 times 6L sifted litter, extracted in Winkler sack over 44 hours, 1 times litter sample.

Elevations: collected from 10 - 1000 meters, 498 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1972-03-05 00:00:00.0 and 2018-08-29 00:00:00.0

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