A rarely collected, but fairly widespread species in South America. In Venezuela known only from 2 forested localities in the Cordillera de la Costa between 650-1100 m.
A member of the fernandezi complex (in the sulcata subgroup of the sulcata species group). Triangular mandibles with a smooth and shining dorsum; anterior lamella of clypeus convex; promesonotal suture lightly impressed and mesometanotal suture absent; low, elongate petiole, posterodorsally bluntly pointed; metacoxal teeth absent. (Lattke 1995)
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Not much is known about the the biology of Gnamptogenys fernandezi. 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.
- fernandezi. Gnamptogenys fernandezi Lattke, 1990b: 11, fig. 10 (w.q.) VENEZUELA.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
- Lattke, J. E. 1990b. Revisión del género Gnamptogenys Roger en Venezuela (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Acta Terramaris 2: 1-47 (page 11, fig. 10 worker, queen described)
- 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