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Panama, Costa Rica, Colombia (type locality), Trinidad, Guianas. Costa Rica: widespread below 500m.
Atta (Trachymyrmex) cornetzi Forel 1912:183. Worker, queen: Colombia. Combination in Trachymyrmex: Gallardo, 1916:242. Senior synonym of annulatus, bivittatus, brevispinosus, gatun, naranjo and uncifer: Weber, 1958:49.
Trachymyrmex cornetzi inhabits wet and dry forest habitats. It seems to prefer relatively open areas with a thin litter layer. Nests are in the soil.
This species is relatively common at La Selva Biological Station. Nests have been excavated by attine specialists in the laboratory clearing, it has been collected at honey/crisco baits in the forest, and the ALAS project has collected it in Winkler and Berlese samples.
One nest I excavated at La Selva was 10cm deep, with a 4cm diameter spherical chamber containing a fungus garden. The nest entrance was completely unadorned and led straight down to the chamber. The nest was collected on 1 July 1992 and contained abundant alate queens and a few adult males.
Another nest I excavated was in Manuel Antonio National Park. A nest was in clay soil in the middle of a trail. There was an asymmetrical pile of soil at the nest entrance, and a 3-4cm diameter fungus nest in a chamber about 5cm deep. A small Mycocepurus nest, with a small turret of clay soil, was within 5cm of the nest entrance of the Trachymyrmex.
I have also collected the species as ground foragers in Corcovado and Santa Rosa National Parks.
This species is similar to bugnioni. The two species are sympatric in the northwestern lowlands of Costa Rica.
Jeffry Sossa examined the types of T. cornetzi and T. intermedius, and kindly pointed out that my morphospecies JTL-001 was actually T. cornetzi, and what I had been calling T. cornetzi before was actually T. intermedius. I have fixed those errors with this version of the page.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times ground nest.
Elevations: collected at 210 m
Collect Date Range: collected between 2004-03-21 and 2011-01-01
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