Gnamptogenys fernandezi

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

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Specimen Label

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.

Identification

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)

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

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.

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Nomenclature

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.

Description

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