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Species: Rhopalothrix stannardi   Brown & Kempf, 1960 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Rhopalothrix stannardi Brown & Kempf, 1960 PDF: 236, fig. 57 (w.) MEXICO (Chiapas). Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: holotype worker. Primary type locality: Mexico: Chiapas, Ocosingo Valley, Finca el Real, 1-7.vii.1950 (C. & M. Goodnight & J.L. Stannard). Primary type depository: MCZC. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Status as species: Kempf, 1972b PDF: 227; Bolton, 1995b: 377; Branstetter & Sáenz, 2012 PDF: 261; Longino & Boudinot, 2013 PDF: 315 (redescription).
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Belize, Guatemala, Mexico
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Mexico (Chiapas), Guatemala


Recent collections of this species are from lowland wet to moist forest habitat, from 70–270 m elevation. The type is apparently from a somewhat higher site near Ocosingo. All recent specimens are from Winkler samples of sifted leaf litter. In quantitative sampling carried out during Project LLAMA, this species occurred in 4 of 100 miniWinkler samples at a lowland Chiapas site and in 7 of 100 samples from in and near Tikal National Park in Guatemala.


Worker. HW 0.53–0.59 (n=5); mandible with three widely spaced denticles on masticatory margin, middle denticle largest; subapical tooth with minute reclinate denticle at base; subapical tooth about twice as long as apical tooth; intercalary teeth prominent, one closest to apical tooth about half as long as apical tooth; labrum subrectangular, outer margins diverging anteriorly, anterior margin very shallowly and evenly concave, with minute notch medially; posterior margin of clypeus elevated above anterior face; arcuate grooves and ridges of face very shallow; mesosomal dorsum evenly and shallowly convex in profile, metanotal groove not or very weakly impressed; propodeal tooth obtuse to right angled, infradental lamella broad and descending almost perpendicularly from tooth; about 12 squamiform setae on posterior half of first gastral tergite. The queen and male are unknown.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 7 times found in tropical moist forest, 6 times found in 2º wet forest, 1 times found in montane forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 13 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times ex sifted litter.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 11 times MiniWinkler, 2 times maxiWinkler, 1 times Winkler.

Elevations: collected from 70 - 581 meters, 240 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1995-03-14 00:00:00.0 and 2019-06-29 00:00:00.0

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