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Species: Pyramica turpis   Bolton, 2000 

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Current Valid Name:

Strumigenys turpis

Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2023)

Pyramica turpis Bolton, 2000: 176 (w.) MEXICO (Oaxaca). Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: holotype worker. Primary type locality: Mexico: Oaxaca, 15 mi. S Valle Nacional, 4000 ft, 21.v.1971, B-204 (S. Peck). Primary type depository: MCZC. AntCat AntWiki HOL
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  Geographic regions: Not found on any curated Geolocale/Taxon lists.

Distribution Notes:

Mexico (type locality), Costa Rica. Costa Rica: northern Pacific lowlands.


Natural History:

Members of the genus are all predaceous, with a static pressure mode of attack (Bolton 1999, 2000).

Bolton described the species based on material from cloud forest in southern Mexico. I have one specimen from Costa Rica that I tentatively identify as turpis. It was collected by Jenny Jacobs on Isla Pelada, one of the small offshore islands in the Guanacaste Conservation Area. It was in a litter sample.


Bolton, B. 1999. Ant genera of the tribe Dacetonini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Nat. Hist. 33:1639-1689.

Bolton, B. 2000. The ant tribe Dacetini, with a revision of the Strumigenys species of the Malagasy Region by Brian L. Fisher, and a revision of the Austral epopostrumiform genera by Steven O. Shattuck. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 65:1-1028.

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