Neocerapachys neotropicus

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Neocerapachys neotropicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dorylinae
Genus: Neocerapachys
Species: N. neotropicus
Binomial name
Neocerapachys neotropicus
Weber, 1939

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Specimen Labels



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Trinidad and Tobago (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

Check data from AntWeb


Jack Longino: Among Costa Rican material I know this species only from one collection from Corcovado National Park. Dana Meyers, an undergraduate at the University of Texas in the early 1980's, collected a colony or colony fragment in a rotten log at Sirena. I have a couple of collections from Winkler samples from Venezuela and Colombia. They have 12-segmented antennae but differ in other characters, so neotropicus is probably a lineage with multiple species.



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

  • neotropicus. Cerapachys (Cerapachys) neotropicus Weber, 1939a: 93, fig. 1 (w.) TRINIDAD.
    • Type-material: holotype worker..
    • Type-locality: Trinidad: Gulf of Paria, Guapo Bay, 4.iv.1935, among leaves in low forest (N.A. Weber).
    • Type-depository: MCZC.
    • Combination in Neocerapachys: Borowiec, M.L. 2016: 184.
    • Status as species: Kempf, 1972a: 76; Kempf, 1975c: 346; Brown, 1975: 23; Brandão, 1991: 337; Bolton, 1995b: 144; Bezděčková, et al. 2015: 109; Palacio, 2019: 623.
    • Distribution: Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad, Venezuela.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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  • Brown W. L., Jr. 1975. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. V. Ponerinae, tribes Platythyreini, Cerapachyini, Cylindromyrmecini, Acanthostichini, and Aenictogitini. Search Agric. (Ithaca N. Y.) 5(1): 1-115.
  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.
  • Franco W., N. Ladino, J. H. C. Delabie, A. Dejean, J. Orivel, M. Fichaux, S. Groc, M. Leponce, and R. M. Feitosa. 2019. First checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of French Guiana. Zootaxa 4674(5): 509-543.
  • Groc S., J. H. C. Delabie, F. Fernandez, F. Petitclerc, B. Corbara, M. Leponce, R. Cereghino, and A. Dejean. 2017. Litter-dwelling ants as bioindicators to gauge the sustainability of small arboreal monocultures embedded in the Amazonian rainforest. Ecological Indicators 82: 43-49.
  • Kempf W. W. 1975. Miscellaneous studies on neotropical ants. VI. (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Studia Entomologica 18: 341-380.
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Longino J. T. L., and M. G. Branstetter. 2018. The truncated bell: an enigmatic but pervasive elevational diversity pattern in Middle American ants. Ecography 41: 1-12.
  • Longino J. et al. ADMAC project. Accessed on March 24th 2017 at
  • Weber N. A. 1939. New ants of rare genera and a new genus of ponerine ants. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 32: 91-104.