Odontomachus yucatecus

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Odontomachus yucatecus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Odontomachus
Species: O. yucatecus
Binomial name
Odontomachus yucatecus
Brown, 1976

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Specimen Labels


A member of the Odontomachus haematodus group.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 22.49672222° to -5.75°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Belize, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.



Images from AntWeb

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Worker. Specimen code casent0270613. Photographer Ryan Perry, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by PSWC, Philip S. Ward Collection.
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Paratype of Odontomachus yucatecusWorker. Specimen code casent0900609. Photographer Ryan Perry, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by NHMUK, London, UK.


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

  • yucatecus. Odontomachus yucatecus Brown, 1976a: 169 (w.) MEXICO (Campeche, Yucatan, Veracruz), GUATEMALA, BELIZE.
    • Type-material: holotype worker, 10 paratype workers.
    • Type-locality: holotype Mexico: Campeche, 10 km. E Campeche, no. 132, stray (E.O. Wilson); paratypes: 4 workers with same data, 1 worker Mexico: Yucatan, nr mouth of second cave on San Roque Road, Oxkutzcab (A.S. Pearse), 2 workers Mexico: Veracruz, Pueblo Nuevo, nr Tezonapa, no. 250, degraded tropical evergreen forest (E.O. Wilson), 1 worker Guatemala: Antigua (W.M. Wheeler), 1 worker Guatemala: Escuintla (W.M. Wheeler), 1 worker Belize: Belmopan, second growth Cecropia-palm forest litter berlesate (S. & J. Peck).
    • Type-depositories: MCZC (holotype); MCZC, MZSP (paratypes).
    • Status as species: Brandão, 1991: 363; Bolton, 1995b: 298; Rodriguez, J. 2008: 170; Branstetter & Sáenz, 2012: 262; Fernández & Guerrero, 2019: 539.
    • Distribution: Belize, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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  • Castano-Meneses, G., M. Vasquez-Bolanos, J. L. Navarrete-Heredia, G. A. Quiroz-Rocha, and I. Alcala-Martinez. 2015. Avances de Formicidae de Mexico. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
  • Dattilo W. et al. 2019. MEXICO ANTS: incidence and abundance along the Nearctic-Neotropical interface. Ecology https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2944
  • Del Toro, I., M. Vázquez, W.P. Mackay, P. Rojas and R. Zapata-Mata. Hormigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) de Tabasco: explorando la diversidad de la mirmecofauna en las selvas tropicales de baja altitud. Dugesiana 16(1):1-14.
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  • 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.
  • Maes, J.-M. and W.P. MacKay. 1993. Catalogo de las hormigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) de Nicaragua. Revista Nicaraguense de Entomologia 23.
  • Mertl A. L., J. F. A. Traniello, K. Ryder Wilkie, and R. Constantino. 2012. Associations of two ecologically significant social insect taxa in the litter of an amazonian rainforest: is there a relationship between ant and termite species richness? Psyche doi:10.1155/2012/312054
  • Mirmecofauna de la reserva ecologica de San Felipe Bacalar
  • Scott-Santos, C.P., F.A. Esteves, C.R.F. Brandao. 2008. Catalogue of "Poneromorph" ant type specimens (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) deposited in the Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil. Papeis Avulsos de Zoologia 48(11):75-88.
  • Vásquez-Bolaños M. 2011. Lista de especies de hormigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) para México. Dugesiana 18: 95-133