Carebara kofana

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Carebara kofana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Carebara
Species: C. kofana
Binomial name
Carebara kofana
Fernández, 2004

The type material was collected from a litter sample.


Fernández (2004) - A member of the Carebara escherichi species complex. This species is very similar to Carebara semistriata. However, C. semistriata lack standing hairs in the middle and hind legs, being present in C. kofana.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Colombia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • kofana. Carebara kofana Fernández, 2004a: 229, fig. 12 (w.) COLOMBIA.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Holotype: HW 0.30; HL 0.38; SL 0.25; PW 0.21; WL 0.30; GL 0.35; TL 1.26; CI 79; SI 83.

As Carebara inca with the following differences:

Eyes reduced to 1 ommatidia. Lamellas of metapleural lobes low; dorsum of head densely sculptured with very small, shallow foveolate punctures, broadly separated betwen them; mid dorsum of promesonotum with dense, fine longitudinal striation mixed with scattered small punctures, periphery of promesonotum, dorsal and declivity face of propodeum and petiole densely reticulated. Postpetiole and gaster smooth and shining. Scapes, dorsum of head, promesonotum and legs with appressed pubescence, more dense on head. Body nearly naked of long hairs, with only few (about 0.05 mm) distributed as follow: four in the clypeal area; two in each frontal lobe; two in the head (each one near to occipital corner), ten in promesonotum, two in propodeum, four in mid tibiae, four in hind tibiae; two in petiole, four in the postpetiole, several in first tergal dorsum. Body brown, appendages lighter, most of gaster dark.

Type Material

Holotype worker. COLOMBIA. Nariño: Jardines de Sucumbíos, Territorio Kofán, Rumiyaco-Ranchería rivers, 0°30’N 77°13’W, 1000 m, 28 Sep 1998, winkler No. 3, E. L. González, leg., deposited in Humboldt Institute. Paratypes. 1 workers, same data as type, 700 m, IAvH.


Name proposed in honor of Kofanes community, who help the Humboldt team in general collecting of birds, plants and insects in their resguardo.