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Species: Solenopsis globularia   (Smith, 1858) 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2022)

Myrmica globularia Smith, 1858a PDF: 131 (w.q.m.) BRAZIL. Neotropic. Primary type information: Primary type material: syntype worker, syntype queen, syntype male. Primary type locality: Brazil: (no further data). Primary type depository: BMNH. Type notes: No indication of number of specimens is given. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

Combination in Solenopsis: Roger, 1863b PDF: 32.
[Combination in Monomorium: Mayr, 1884 PDF: 37 (error).]
Status as species: Roger, 1863b PDF: 32, 49; Mayr, 1863a PDF: 432; Forel, 1893j PDF: 395; Dalla Torre, 1893 PDF: 77; Forel, 1895b PDF: 130; Emery, 1896g PDF: 83 (in key); Forel, 1897b PDF: 300; Wheeler, 1905c PDF: 124; Forel, 1907h PDF: 4; Forel, 1908c PDF: 45; Wheeler, 1908a PDF: 130; Wheeler, 1913b PDF: 493; Wheeler & Mann, 1914 PDF: 20; Mann, 1916 PDF: 447; Mann, 1920b PDF: 428; Emery, 1922c PDF: 199; Wheeler, 1924b PDF: 108; Borgmeier, 1927c PDF: 105; Creighton, 1930b PDF: 110 (redescription); Borgmeier, 1937b PDF: 239; Creighton, 1950a PDF: 233; Kempf, 1961b PDF: 508; Wilson, 1964b PDF: 8; Ettershank, 1966 PDF: 141; Kempf, 1972b PDF: 236; Alayo, 1974 PDF: 14 (in key); Taylor, 1976b: 196; Bolton, 1995b: 388; Wetterer et al., 2007 PDF: 31; Branstetter & Sáenz, 2012 PDF: 261; Pacheco & Mackay, 2013 PDF: 164 (redescription); Ramage, 2014 PDF: 163; Wetterer et al., 2016 PDF: 17; Deyrup, 2017: 105; Fernández & Serna, 2019 PDF: 816; Lubertazzi, 2019 10.3099/MCZ-43.1 PDF: 173.
Material of the unavailable name Solenopsis globularia lucayensis curta referred here by Creighton, 1930b PDF: 110; Borgmeier, 1937b PDF: 239; Kempf, 1972b PDF: 236; Pacheco & Mackay, 2013 PDF: 164.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Saint Helena, Senegal
    Americas: Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Galapagos Islands, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, United States, United States Virgin Islands, Venezuela
    Oceania: French Polynesia
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):
    Afrotropical, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oceania
  Native to (according to species list records):
    Nearctic, Neotropical bioregions

Distribution Notes:

Oahu, Hawaii


Natural History:

Solenopsis globularia prefers seasonally dry habitats in Costa Rica. I found a nest under a stone in the oak forest of Santa Rosa National Park, and I found a nest in epiphytic soil on a tree trunk near Lagartos, on the road to Monteverde. These are the only two Costa Rican collections I have seen.

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Solenopsis globularia   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: 395-396, (download) 395-396 3948
Solenopsis globularia   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

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these habitats: 24 times found in Urban (Resudential Area), 2 times found in 2nd growth dry forest, 7 times found in Garden, 7 times found in Reserve Area (Tropical grassland + Palm trees), 5 times found in beach, 3 times found in dry forest, 4 times found in Reserve Area (Tropical grassland), 1 times found in urban grassland, 1 times found in tropical dry forest, 2 times found in Urban, ...

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times at bait, 1 times on sandy ground, 4 times ex soil, 2 times ex sifted leaf litter, 1 times nest under stone, 1 times collected in log/stump, 1 times nest under epiphytes, 1 times nest, 1 times in log of mahogany, 1 times ground forager, 1 times Ground, ...

Collected most commonly using these methods: 27 times Hand, 7 times Pitfall, 6 times hand collection, 1 times bait, 3 times search, 00 times collected at tuna/honey bait station, 9, 1 times maxiWinkler, 2 times Jam Bait, 1 times baiting, 2 times Sardine Bait, 1 times pan trap, ...

Elevations: collected from 2 - 475 meters, 59 meters average

Collect Date Range: collected between 1905-04-01 00:00:00.0 and 2020-05-01 00:00:00.0

Type specimens: syntype of Solenopsis globularia: casent0902338; syntype of Solenopsis globularia pacifica: castype00446; syntype of Solenopsis globularia mobilensis: casent0913898; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Solenopsis globularia lucayensis curta: casent0908833; Type of unavailable quadrinomial: Solenopsis globularia pacifica rubida: castype00447

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