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Species: Strumigenys spathula   Lattke & Goitía, 1997 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Strumigenys spathula Lattke & Goitía, 1997 PDF: 390, figs. 29, 40, 46 (w.q.) VENEZUELA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

See also: Bolton, 2000: 511
// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Venezuela.


Occurs in mature lowland wet forest; found in Winkler samples of sifted leaf litter and rotten wood. Lattke found a nest in rotten wood.


Like a robust version of elongata with clavate, not flagellate gastral setae.


Longino notes, 9 Nov 2013: In Central America, Strumigenys elongata, pariensis, spathula, and morphospecies JTL022 form a single DNA barcoding cluster with subclusters. Strumigenys spathula is morphologically distinct but has discordant DNA barcode data. A Chiapas specimen and a Cerro Cahuí specimen of spathula are distant by DNA barcode, about 5% sequence divergence, but look the same. The Cerro Cahui specimen clusters closer to a Nicaraguan specimen of pariensis.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 16 times found in tropical moist forest, 4 times found in mature wet forest, 1 times found in montane forest, 2 times found in lowland wet forest, 1 times found in treefall gap in tropical moist forest, 1 times found in tropical rainforest, 1 times found in 2nd growth veg., 1 times found in tropical wet forest, 1 times found in cloud forest, 1 times found in La Esperanza, Bosque Semi decíduo, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 24 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times ex sifted litter, 1 times Ticoporo Forest Reserve. Dense second growth with few larger trees. Night collec, 1 times Ticoporo Forest Reserve. Dense second growth with few larger trees. Ex sifted le, 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 1 times nocturnal foragers, 1 times LeafLitter, 1 times Ex hojarasca.

Collected most commonly using these methods: 17 times MiniWinkler, 6 times MaxiWinkler, 3 times Winkler, 1 times Maxi Winkler, 1 times search, 1 times Winkler48h.

Elevations: collected from 145 - 1189 meters, 315 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1987-08-26 and 2019-06-29

Type specimens: paratype of Strumigenys spathula: casent0900447

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