Nesomyrmex echinatinodis

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Nesomyrmex echinatinodis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Crematogastrini
Genus: Nesomyrmex
Species: N. echinatinodis
Binomial name
Nesomyrmex echinatinodis
(Forel, 1886)

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Gillette et al. (2015) in a Chaipas, Mexico field study of twig-nesting ants in coffee plants found N. echinatinodis occurred in 6% of the twigs with nests. These nests were found on plants growing between 500-1450 m in elevation.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina, Brazil (type locality), Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • echinatinodis. Leptothorax echinatinodis Forel, 1886b: xlviii (w.) BRAZIL. Wheeler, G.C. & Wheeler, J. 1955b: 25 (l.). Combination in L. (Goniothorax): Emery, 1896g: 59 (in key); in L. (Caulomyrma): Forel, 1914d: 233; in L. (Nesomyrmex): Kempf, 1959c: 425; in Nesomyrmex: Bolton, 2003: 272. Senior synonym of aculeatinodis, cordincola, dalmasi, pungentinodis, schmidti: Kempf, 1959c: 425.
  • aculeatinodis. Leptothorax (Goniothorax) aculeatinodis Emery, 1896g: 60 (w.) COSTA RICA. Subspecies of echinatinodis: Forel, 1899c: 55; Wheeler, W.M. 1921f: 158. Junior synonym of echinatinodis: Kempf, 1959c: 425.
  • pungentinodis. Leptothorax pungentinodis Emery, 1896b: 2 (q.) PANAMA. Combination in L. (Goniothorax): Emery, 1896g: 59 (in key). Subspecies of echinatinodis: Emery, 1924d: 250. Junior synonym of echinatinodis: Kempf, 1959c: 425.
  • dalmasi. Leptothorax echinatinodis r. dalmasi Forel, 1899c: 55 (w.q.) COLOMBIA. Combination in L. (Goniothorax): Emery, 1924d: 250. Junior synonym of echinatinodis: Kempf, 1959c: 425.
  • schmidti. Leptothorax (Goniothorax) echinatinodis subsp. schmidti Menozzi, 1927c: 275 (w.q.m.) COSTA RICA. Junior synonym of echinatinodis: Kempf, 1959c: 425.
  • cordincola. Leptothorax (Goniothorax) echinatinodis subsp. cordincola Wheeler, W.M. 1942: 205 (w.) PANAMA. Junior synonym of echinatinodis: Kempf, 1959c: 425.



  • Bolton, B. 2003. Synopsis and Classification of Formicidae. Mem. Am. Entomol. Inst. 71: 370pp (page 272, Combination in Nesomyrmex)
  • Emery, C. 1896g. Studi sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. XVII-XXV. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 28: 33-107 (page 59, Combination in L. (Goniothorax) (in key))
  • Forel, A. 1886c. Diagnoses provisoires de quelques espèces nouvelles de fourmis de Madagascar, récoltées par M. Grandidier. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 30:ci-cvii. (page xlviii, worker described)
  • Forel, A. 1914d. Formicides d'Afrique et d'Amérique nouveaux ou peu connus. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 50: 211-288 (page 233, Combination in L. (Caulomyrma))
  • Gillette, P. N., K. K. Ennis, G. D. Martinez, and S. M. Philpott. 2015. Changes in Species Richness, Abundance, and Composition of Arboreal Twig-nesting Ants Along an Elevational Gradient in Coffee Landscapes. Biotropica. 47:712-722. doi:10.1111/btp.12263
  • Kempf, W. W. 1959d. A synopsis of the New World species belonging to the Nesomyrmex-group of the ant genus Leptothorax Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Stud. Entomol. (n.s.) 2: 391-432 (page 425, Combination in L. (Nesomyrmex), Senior synonym of aculeatinodis, cordincola, dalmasi, punngentinodis and schmidti)
  • Wheeler, G. C.; Wheeler, J. 1955b. The ant larvae of the myrmicine tribe Leptothoracini. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 48: 17-29 (page 25, larva described)