Gnamptogenys curvoclypeata

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Gnamptogenys curvoclypeata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Gnamptogenys
Species: G. curvoclypeata
Binomial name
Gnamptogenys curvoclypeata
Lattke, 1990

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Specimen Label

Nothing is known about the biology of Gnamptogenys curvoclypeata.

Identification

A member of the sulcata complex (in the sulcata subgroup of the sulcata species group). Piceous species with ferruginous antenna, legs and coxae; Promesonotal suture very weakly impressed, visible only with certain angles of light; meso- and metacoxae smooth and shining on median and basal lateral faces; metacoxae with weakly developed triangular dorsal lobe. (Lattke 1995)

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Colombia, Venezuela (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Not much is known about the the biology of Gnamptogenys curvoclypeata. We can speculate that the biology of this species is similar to other species of the genus. Gnamptogenys are predatory ponerine ants that inhabit tropical and subtropical mesic forests. Nesting is typically at ground level in rotten wood or leaf litter. Some exceptions include species that are arboreal, a dry forest species and species that nests in sandy savannahs. Colony size tends to be, at most, in the hundreds. Queens are the reproductives in most species. Worker reproduction is known from a few species in Southeastern Asia. Generalist predation is the primary foraging/dietary strategy. Specialization on specific groups (millipedes, beetles, other ants) has developed in a few species.

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • curvoclypeata. Gnamptogenys curvoclypeata Lattke, 1990b: 9, figs. 7, 13 (w.) VENEZUELA.

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

Description

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