Found in low to premontane jungles.
A member of the porcata subgroup (in the striatula species group). Similar to Gnamptogenys striatula; four to six transverse costulae on anterior pronotal face, rest of mesosoma with longitudinal costulae; longitudinal costulae on anterior face of postpetiole; body dark brown to black, legs brown. (Lattke 1995)
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Not much is known about the the biology of Gnamptogenys acuta. 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.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- acuta. Holcoponera acuta Brown, 1956b: 491, fig. 1 (w.q.m.) BOLIVIA. Combination in Gnamptogenys: Brown, 1958g: 227.
- Brown, W. L., Jr. 1956d. Notes on the ant genus Holcoponera Mayr, with descriptions of two new species. Insectes Soc. 3: 489-497 PDF (page 491, fig. 1 worker, queen, male described)
- Brown, W. L., Jr. 1958g. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. II. Tribe Ectatommini (Hymenoptera). Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 118: 173-362 (page 227, Combination in Gnamptogenys)
- Lattke, J. E. 1995. Revision of the ant genus Gnamptogenys in the New World (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Hym. Res. 4: 137-193. PDF
- Lattke, J.E., Fernández, F. & Palacio, E.E. 2007. Identification of the species of Gnamptogenys Roger in the Americas (pp. 254-270). In Snelling, R.R., Fisher, B.L. & Ward, P.S. (eds). Advances in ant systematics: homage to E.O. Wilson – 50 years of contributions. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute 80: 690 pp. PDF