Gnamptogenys interrupta

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Gnamptogenys interrupta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Gnamptogenys
Species: G. interrupta
Binomial name
Gnamptogenys interrupta
(Mayr, 1887)

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Specimen labels

Found in humid forests of lowlands and mountains (cloud forest). Taken from leaf litter samples and beneath bark of rotting logs on ground. (Lattke 1995)

Identification

A member of the mordax subgroup (in the mordax species group). Sublinear mandibles. Cephalic dorsum, mesosoma, and gastric tergum I with longitudinal costulate; gastric tergum II smooth; pleura also with smooth patches; metacoxal tooth absent. Body reddish brown; legs and antennae ferruginous. Lateral mesosomal costulate can be effaced to a variable degree and the second gastric segment can ocassionally have weak longitudinal costulae, medianly effaced. Declivitous propodeal face with longitudinal costulae and weakly developed anterolateral lobes. (Lattke 1995)

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Venezuela.


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Not much is known about the the biology of Gnamptogenys interrupta. 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.

Castes

Worker

Nomenclature

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

  • interrupta. Ectatomma (Gnamptogenys) interruptum Mayr, 1887: 543 (w.) no locality given ("ohne Vaterlandsangabe.....wohl jedenfalls aus Südamerika"). Wheeler, W.M. 1909b: 228 (q., MEXICO). Combination in Gnamptogenys: Mann, 1922: 3. See also: Brown, 1958g: 303; Lattke, 1995: 171.

Description

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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