Odontomachus meinerti

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Odontomachus meinerti
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Odontomachus
Species: O. meinerti
Binomial name
Odontomachus meinerti
Forel, 1905

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Specimen labels


De la Mora et al. (2016) found this species nesting in logs found in coffee farms in the Soconusco region of Chiapas, Mexico. A small percentage of pupae were found to be parasitized by eucharitid wasps.


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Lange et al. (2015) - This species was found in semideciduous mesophytic forest pitfall-trap samples. The study examined the ant community within a patch (11.2 hectares) of forest in an urban park (Araguari, Brazil).



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

  • meinerti. Odontomachus haematodes r. meinerti Forel, 1905b: 156 (w.) VENEZUELA. Raised to species: Bolton, 1995b: 296. Synonym of minuta: Brown, 1976a: 104. [Brown gives minuta as senior name but meinerti has priority and is the first available name for this taxon: Bolton, 1995b: 296.]
  • minuta. Odontomachus haematoda subsp. minuta Luederwaldt, 1918: 36 (w.) BRAZIL. [First available use of Odontomachus haematodes subsp. pubescens var. minuta Emery, 1894c: 146; unavailable name.] Raised to species: Kempf, 1972a: 172. Senior synonym of dulcis, meinerti: Brown, 1976a: 104. [Brown gives minuta as senior name, but meinerti has priority: Bolton, 1995b: 296.]
  • dulcis. Odontomachus haematoda subsp. dulcis Mann, 1922: 18 (w.) HONDURAS. Junior synonym of minuta: Brown, 1976a: 104.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Described by Fox et al. (2017).


  • 2n = 44, karyotype = 4SM+6ST+34T (Brazil) (Santos et al., 2010).


  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 296, Raised to species)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1976c. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. Part VI. Ponerinae, tribe Ponerini, subtribe Odontomachiti. Section A. Introduction, subtribal characters. Genus Odontomachus. Stud. Entomol. 19: 67-171 (page 104, Synonym of minuta)
  • de la Mora, A., G. Perez-Lachaud, J. P. Lachaud, and S. M. Philpott. 2015. Local and Landscape Drivers of Ant Parasitism in a Coffee Landscape. Environmental Entomology. 44:939-950. doi:10.1093/ee/nvv071
  • Forel, A. 1905e. Miscellanea myrmécologiques II (1905). Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 49: 155-185 (page 156, worker described)
  • Fox, E. G. P., A. A. Smith, J. C. Gibson, and D. R. Solis. 2017. Larvae of trap jaw ants, Odontomachus LATREILLE, 1804 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): morphology and biological notes. Myrmecological News. 25:17-28.
  • Lange, D., A. A. Vilela, G. Erdogmus, A. B. Barbosa, S. C. Costa, and V. Stefani. 2015. Temporal dynamic of foraging of epigeic ants in an urban forest fragment. Bioscience Journal. 31:1501-1511.