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Species: Myrmelachista skwarrae   Wheeler, 1934 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Extant: 2 valid subspecies

Myrmelachista skwarrae Wheeler, 1934g PDF: 192, fig. 2 (w.q.m.) MEXICO (Morelos). Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: syntype workers (number not stated, “numerous”), 7 syntype queens, 6 syntype males. Primary type locality: Mexico: Morelos, Cuautla, 1929, no. 762 (E. Skwarra). Primary type depositories: MCZC, USNM. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Status as species: Kempf, 1972b PDF: 148; Bolton, 1995b: 276; Branstetter & Sáenz, 2012 PDF: 256.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Treatment Citation: Longino, J. T., 2006, A taxonomic review of the genus Myrmelachista (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Costa Rica., Zootaxa 1141, pp. 1-54

Myrmelachista skwarrae WheelerHNS 1934:192. Syntype workers, queens, males: Mexico, Morelos, Cuautla (Skwarra) [MCZC, USNM] (USNM syntype worker examined). "...described from numerous workers, seven females and six males (762) taken by Dr. Skwarra at Cuautla , Morelos (type-locality) in Tillandsia circinata, a number of workers belonging to several colonies (770, 771, 772, 777, 783a and 786) taken at Cuernavaca , Morelos in the same plant, and several workers (Z 208a) at Mirador , Vera Cruz in T. valenzuelana." (Wheeler 1934).

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in tropical dry forest, 2 times found in mesophyl forest, 2 times found in cloud forest, 2 times found in 2º mesophil forest, 2 times found in mesophil forest, 1 times found in tropical moist forest, 1 times found in lowland wet forest, 1 times found in mesophil forest stream, 1 times found in mixed tropical/temperate mesic forest, 1 times found in montane rainforest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times white pan trap, 2 times under epiphytes in treefall, 1 times ex dead twig of ficus, 3 times beating vegetation, 2 times Malaise trap, 2 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times ex dead twig, 1 times ex dead stem Baccharis, 1 times at bait, 1 times queen in dead branch, 1 times on low vegetation, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 8 times search, 2 times white pan trap, 3 times Beating, 2 times Malaise, 1 times Baiting, 1 times beating vegetation (3 hours), 1 times MaxiWinkler, 1 times MiniWinkler.

Elevations: collected from 400 - 1800 meters, 1334 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1929-06-24 00:00:00.0 and 2016-06-22 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: syntype Myrmelachista skwarrae: jtlc000005411; syntypes skwarrae: jtl073563

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