Gnamptogenys acuta

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Gnamptogenys acuta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Gnamptogenys
Species: G. acuta
Binomial name
Gnamptogenys acuta
(Brown, 1956)

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Specimen Label

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)

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia (type locality), Colombia, Ecuador, Peru.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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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.