Alfaria caelata

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Alfaria caelata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Alfaria
Species: A. caelata
Binomial name
Alfaria caelata
(Kempf, 1967)

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Specimen Labels


A widespread distribution in South America, but documented with relatively sparse and widely scattered occurrence records.


A member of the minuta group.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -1.456° to -64.3°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina, Brazil (type locality), Colombia, Paraguay.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.



Images from AntWeb

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Worker. Specimen code casent0179973. Photographer Erin Prado, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by MIZA, Maracay, Venezuela.


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • caelata. Gnamptogenys caelata Kempf, 1967a: 121, figs. 1-3 (w.) BRAZIL (Paraná).
    • Type-material: holotype worker.
    • Type-locality: Brazil: Paraná, Iguaçu, iv.1965 (F. Plaumann).
    • Type-depository: MZSP.
    • Status as species: Kempf, 1972a: 112; Brandão, 1991: 345; Lattke, 1992a: 126; Bolton, 1995b: 208; Lattke, et al. 2004: 343; Wild, 2007b: 27; Lattke, et al. 2007: 264 (in key); Lattke, et al. 2008: 83; Feitosa, 2015c: 98; Lattke & Delsinne, 2016: 144 (in key); Feitosa & Prada-Achiardi, 2019: 671; Camacho, et al. 2020: 462 (in key).
    • Senior synonym of soror: Lattke, 1992a: 126; Bolton, 1995b: 208.
    • Distribution: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, Venezuela.
  • soror. Gnamptogenys soror Kempf & Brown, 1968: 90 (w.) BRAZIL (Pará).
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 1 paratype worker.
    • Type-locality: Brazil: Pará, Iriboca, nr Belém, Pirelli Rubber Plantation, 23.viii.1962 (P.F. Darlington); paratype with same data.
    • Type-depositories: DZSP (holotype); MCZC (paratype).
    • Status as species: Kempf, 1972a: 115.
    • Junior synonym of caelata: Lattke, 1992a: 126; Bolton, 1995b: 210.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Brandao, C.R.F. 1991. Adendos ao catalogo abreviado das formigas da regiao neotropical (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Rev. Bras. Entomol. 35: 319-412.
  • Dias A. M., and J. E. Lattke. 2019. A new species and new records of minuta-group Gnamptogenys from Brazil (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia 63: 30–34.
  • Fernandes I., and J. de Souza. 2018. Dataset of long-term monitoring of ground-dwelling ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the influence areas of a hydroelectric power plant on the Madeira River in the Amazon Basin. Biodiversity Data Journal 6: e24375.
  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Lattke, J.E. 1992. Revision of the minuta-group of the genys Gnamptogenys. Dtsch. ent. Z., N.F. 39:123-129
  • Pires de Prado L., R. M. Feitosa, S. Pinzon Triana, J. A. Munoz Gutierrez, G. X. Rousseau, R. Alves Silva, G. M. Siqueira, C. L. Caldas dos Santos, F. Veras Silva, T. Sanches Ranzani da Silva, A. Casadei-Ferreira, R. Rosa da Silva, and J. Andrade-Silva. 2019. An overview of the ant fauna (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the state of Maranhao, Brazil. Pap. Avulsos Zool. 59: e20195938.
  • Scott-Santos, C.P., F.A. Esteves, C.R.F. Brandao. 2008. Catalogue of "Poneromorph" ant type specimens (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) deposited in the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil. Papeis Avulsos de Zoologia 48(11):75-88.