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Species: Solenopsis succinea   Emery, 1890 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Solenopsis succinea Emery, 1890c PDF: 52 (w.q.m.) COSTA RICA. Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: lectotype worker (by designation of Pacheco & Mackay, 2013 PDF: 315). Primary type locality: lectotype Costa Rica: Jiménez, 1889 (A. Alfaro). Primary type depository: MSNG. Secondary type information: Secondary type material: 1 paralectotype worker, 1 paralectotype queen, 1 paralectotype male. Secondary type locality: same as for lectotype. Secondary type depository: MSNG. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Lectotype designation: Pacheco & Mackay, 2013 PDF: 315.
[Also described as new by Emery, 1894l PDF: 56.]
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica (type locality). Costa Rica: Atlantic slope to 500m.


Natural History:

This species inhabits forest habitats in the Atlantic lowlands of Costa Rica. I know it from only a few collections. At Casa Plastico, a site above La Selva Biological Station at about 500m elevation, I observed a massive emergence from a nest. A tree was surrounded by a large Atta nest, and at the base of the tree a patch of leaf litter 30cm across was solidly covered with workers, males, alate queens, and brood of S. succinea. At La Selva I have collected the species twice. One collection was of workers scattered over the surface of a freshly sawn log, near the arboretum. The other was workers in suspended dead wood in forest near the lab clearing. Project ALAS never collected the species in any of the quantitative sampling programs (Berlese samples, Winkler, Malaise traps, canopy fogging). A worker has been collected in one of the Winkler samples of Conservation International's TEAM project.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Solenopsis succinea   Forel, A., 1908, Fourmis de Costa-Rica, récoltées par M. Paul Biolley., Bulletin de la Societe Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles 44, pp. 35-72: 45, (download) 45 4014
Solenopsis succinea   Forel, A., 1893, Formicides de l'Antille St. Vincent. Récoltées par Mons. H. H. Smith., Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 1893, pp. 333-418: 398, (download) 398 3948

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 2 times found in wet forest, 2 times found in rainforest, 1 times found in tropical rainforest, 3 times found in tropical rainforest, with big trees, probably primary, 2 times found in mature wet forest, 1 times found in secondary rainforest, 1 times found in second-growth forest, 1 times found in secondgrowth forest, 1 times found in tropical moist forest.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times on dead wood, 1 times massive emergence at base of tree, 1 times at bait, 5 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times ex sifted litter, 1 times soil nest on old road, 1 times nest under stone, 1 times nest in clay bank, 1 times in suspended dead wood, 1 times Tête plus échancrée á côtés + convexes.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times Baiting, 4 times miniWinkler, 2 times Winkler, 1 times Pitfall, 1 times search.

Elevations: collected from 50 - 1000 meters, 280 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1910-01-01 00:00:00.0 and 2019-06-25 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Lectotype of Solenopsis succinea: casent0904633; syntype of Solenopsis succinea: casent0902342; syntype of Solenopsis succinea nicai: casent0908850; type of Solenopsis succinea: focol1885, focol1886, focol1887

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