Prionopelta amabilis

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Prionopelta amabilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Amblyoponinae
Tribe: Amblyoponini
Genus: Prionopelta
Species: P. amabilis
Binomial name
Prionopelta amabilis
Borgmeier, 1949

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Prionopelta amabilis is either monodomous or polydomous, and feeds on small soil arthropods, especially Campodeidae (Holldobler and Wilson 1986).



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

Distribution based on AntMaps


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

  • amabilis. Prionopelta amabilis Borgmeier, 1949: 203, figs. 3-5 (w.) COSTA RICA. See also: Brown, 1960a: 217; Hölldobler & Wilson, 1986b: 45.



  • Aldana de la Torre, R. C.; Chacón de Ulloa, P. 1999. Megadiversidad de hormigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) de la cuenca media del río Calima. Rev. Colomb. Entomol. 25: 37-47 (page 37, Record for Colombia)
  • Borgmeier, T. 1949. Formigas novas ou pouco conhecidas de Costa Rica e da Argentina (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Rev. Bras. Biol. 9: 201-210 PDF
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1960a. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. III. Tribe Amblyoponini (Hymenoptera). Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 122: 143-230 (page 217, see also)
  • Hölldobler, B.; Wilson, E. O. 1986b. Ecology and behavior of the primitive cryptobiotic ant Prionopelta amabilis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Insectes Soc. 33: 45-58 (page 45, see also)