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Species: Temnothorax jtl007

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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Costa Rica
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Costa Rica: Monteverde.


Natural History:

I know this species from one worker series from Monteverde. Steve Yanoviak and colleagues carried out a canopy fogging study in the Monteverde cloud forest, and Lisa Schonberg prepared and identified the ants. She discovered a long workers series of this species in samples from one of the fogged trees. The tree was a relict tree in a pasture at 1500m.


This species appears to be rare in Monteverde, given abundant collecting in the region. It is curiously similar to another Monteverde species, JTL-006, differing mainly in color. This species is black and JTL-006 is orange. JTL-006 is known from one worker collected at 1200m on the Bajo Tigre trail, just below the site where JTL-007 was collected.

This species appears most similar to T. fuscatus (Mann 1920), which is known only from the types [Macromischa (Macromischa) fuscata Mann 1920:420. Syntype worker: Guatemala, Antigua, December 1911 (W. M. Wheeler), ex hollow twig.]. It matches the figures and the key in Baroni-Urbani (1978).


Baroni Urbani, C. 1978. Materiali per una revisione dei Leptothorax neotropicali appartenenti al sottogenere Macromischa Roger, n. comb. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Entomologica Basiliensia 3:395-618.

Mann, W. M. 1920. Additions to the ant fauna of the West Indies and Central America. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 42:403-439.

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 1 times found in montane rainforest edge.

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times on low vegetation.

Elevations: collected at 1450 m

Collect Date Range: collected on 2010-05-02 00:00:00.0

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