Gnamptogenys moelleri

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Gnamptogenys moelleri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ectatomminae
Tribe: Ectatommini
Genus: Gnamptogenys
Species: G. moelleri
Binomial name
Gnamptogenys moelleri
(Forel, 1912)

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Specimen labels


Epigaeic forager of mostly lowland forested areas.


A member of the striatula subgroup (in the striatula species group). Slightly roughened costulae; pronotum with concentric costulae; posterodorsal mesosomal face with longitudinal costulae; subpetiolar process subquadrate, sometimes anteriorly projecting into a lobe. (Lattke 1995)

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia, Brazil (type locality), Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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DaRocha et al. (2015) studied the diversity of ants found in bromeliads of a single large tree of Erythrina, a common cocoa shade tree, at an agricultural research center in Ilhéus, Brazil. Forty-seven species of ants were found in 36 of 52 the bromeliads examined. Bromeliads with suspended soil and those that were larger had higher ant diversity.

Dambros et al. (2018) - Gnamptogenys moelleri was collected via arboreal fogging in an inundated northern Pantanal (Mato Grasso, Brazil) cambarazal forest. The seasonally flooded forest was dominated by Vochysia divergens Pohl. (Vochysiaceae).



The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • moelleri. Holcoponera moelleri Forel, 1912c: 34 (w.q.) BRAZIL. Combination in Gnamptogenys: Brown, 1958g: 228. Senior synonym of splendens: Brown, 1958g: 228; of teffensis (and its junior synonym concinna Santschi): Lattke, 1995: 176.
  • concinna. Holcoponera teffensis var. concinna Santschi, 1929h: 450, fig. 23 (w.) GUYANA. [Unresolved junior secondary homonym of concinna Smith, F. above.] Junior synonym of teffensis: Brown, 1958g: 229.
  • splendens. Holcoponera moelleri var. splendens Santschi, 1929h: 450, fig. 15 (w.m.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of moelleri: Brown, 1958g: 228.
  • teffensis. Holcoponera teffensis Santschi, 1929h: 449, figs. 17, 22 (w.) BRAZIL (attributed to Borgmeier). Combination in Gnamptogenys: Brown, 1958g: 229. Senior synonym of concinna Santschi: Brown, 1958g: 229. Junior synonym of moelleri: Lattke, 1995: 176.