Strumigenys marginiventris

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Strumigenys marginiventris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Strumigenys
Species: S. marginiventris
Binomial name
Strumigenys marginiventris
Santschi, 1931

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Specimen labels

Brown (1962) - Nests in the soil, often in paths or other openings, in rain forest or plantations, and the workers forage over the open ground among leaves or herbs by day as well as night. Common on Barro Colorado Island [Panama]. Longino (Ants of Costa Rica) - I have never encountered this species in Winkler samples from Costa Rica. My collecting is biased toward closed canopy mature forest, where there is a litter layer. This supports Brown's observations that this species prefers open areas and synanthropic habitats.


Bolton (2000) - A member of the Strumigenys marginiventris-group. The sharp lateral marginations of the first gastral tergite are unique and immediately diagnostic of this species. Within the group marginiventris is the only species to have a broad convex lamella on the propodeal declivity, all other known species have merely a narrow concave carina.

Longino (Ants of Costa Rica) - Apical fork of mandible without intercalary teeth; mandible with one strong preapical tooth; dorsum of gaster with raised lateral margins; gaster punctulate-striolate, opaque; gaster with long flagelliform setae.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 11.304° to -11.08333333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama (type locality), Venezuela.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • marginiventris. Strumigenys (Strumigenys) fusca st. marginiventris Santschi, 1931c: 275 (w.) PANAMA. Brown, 1958e: 127 (q.). Raised to species: Brown, 1958e: 126. See also: Bolton, 2000: 543.

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



Bolton (2000) - TL 2.8-3.1, HL 0.70-0.75, HW 0.55-0.59, CI 78-80, ML 0.54-0.56, MI 73-77, SL 0.53-0.60, SI 95-102, PW 0.30-0.35, AL 0.68-0.75. Preapical tooth small, slender and peg-like to tuberculiform, tending to arise from dorsum of mandible rather than from inner margin. Long flagellate hairs present: in apicoscrobal position; on pronotal humerus; a pair on mesonotum; several on dorsa of petiole and postpetiole; abundant on first gastral tergite. Cephalic dorsum with a single pair of erect simple hairs located near occipital margin. Propodeal teeth subtended by a broad lamella that has a shallowly convex posterior (free) margin. Petiole ventrally with a spongiform strip. First gastral tergite with a sharply raised longitudinal ridge or carina on each side that separates dorsal and lateral surfaces of tergite and extends almost entire length of sclerite. Head, alitrunk and waist segments reticulate-punctate, most surfaces usually also with some weak overlying low longitudinal rugulae. Behind basigastral costulae the first tergite punctulate-striolate, more posteriorly the sclerite densely punctulate; gastral sculpture variable in intensity.

Type Material

Bolton (2000) - Holotype worker, PANAMA: France Field (A. Bierig) (Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna) [not seen].


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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  • INBio Collection (via Gbif)
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Levings S. C. 1983. Seasonal, annual, and among-site variation in the ground ant community of a deciduous tropical forest: some causes of patchy species distributions. Ecological Monographs 53(4): 435-455.
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