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Species: Tatuidris tatusia   Brown & Kempf, 1968 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Tatuidris tatusia Brown & Kempf, 1968 PDF: 187, figs. 1-4 (w.) EL SALVADOR. Neotropic. Primary type information: Type-material: holotype worker. Type-locality: El Salvador: Prov. La Libertad, 2 mi. S Quetzaltepec (Quezaltepeque), 17.vii.1961, Berlese sample, humus (M.E. Irwin). Type-depository: LACM. Secondary type information: Paratype-material: 1 paratype worker. Paratype-locality: same as for holotype. Paratype-depository: MCZC. Type notes: Holotype in LACM according to original description; in UCDC according to Donoso, 2012 PDF: 69. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Donoso, 2012 PDF: 67 (q.m.).
Status as species: Kempf, 1972b PDF: 248; Bolton, 1984: 380; Bolton, 1995b: 402; Branstetter & Sáenz, 2012 PDF: 253; Donoso, 2012 PDF: 67 (redescription); Bezděčková et al., 2015 PDF: 107; Donoso, 2019 PDF: 633.
Senior synonym of Tatuidris kapasi: Donoso, 2012 PDF: 69
// Distribution


  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Mexico, El Salvador (type locality), Costa Rica, Colombia.


Natural History:

I know this species primarily from Winkler samples of sifted litter from the forest floor. I have seen collections from three sites on the Atlantic slope of Costa Rica: La Selva Biological Station, 1100m on the Barva Transect in Braulio Carrillo National Park, and at 800m in the Penas Blancas Valley east of Monteverde (where it appears to be sympatric with Tatuidris JTL-001). All collections have been from mature wet forest.


One specimen from La Selva Biological Station (specimen code INB0003678143) has the erect hairs reduced to a sparse short stubble, thus approaching the condition of Tatuidris JTL-001.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 50 times found in mature wet forest, 51 times found in montane wet forest, 28 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, 12 times found in tropical moist forest, 6 times found in wet forest, 6 times found in lowland wet forest, 2 times found in wet montane forest, 1 times found in moist forest, 1 times found in Primary wet forest, 4 times found in cloud forest, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 136 times ex sifted leaf litter, 29 times Hojarasca, 5 times Sobre Vegetacion, 4 times ex sifted litter, 1 times ex sifted leaf litter on ground, 1 times sifted leaf litter, 1 times litter, 2 times forest litter, 3 times sifted litter, 1 times sifted litter (leaf mold, rotten wood), 1 times on vegetation, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 95 times MiniWinkler, 34 times MaxiWinkler, 14 times Winkler, 28 times Mini Winkler, 4 times Berlese, 6 times Sweeping, 1 times Search, 1 times Davis sifter, 2 times Malaise, 1 times Winkler 50, 1 times Pitfall, ...

Elevations: collected from 50 - 1400 meters, 712 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1961-07-17 00:00:00.0 and 2020-02-13 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: Holotype of Tatuidris tatusia: casent0178755

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