Strumigenys micretes

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Strumigenys micretes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Strumigenys
Species: S. micretes
Binomial name
Strumigenys micretes
Brown, 1959

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Specimen Labels

Strumigenys micretes occurs in wet forest habitats. It nests in dead wood on the ground (Longino, Ants of Costa Rica).

Identification

A member of the Strumigenys emeryi-group. See Strumigenys emeryi

Longino (Ants of Costa Rica) - Apical fork of mandible with one intercalary tooth; mandible often with acute preapical tooth very close to apical fork, but may be reduced to small denticle or absent; no other preapical teeth; gaster smooth and shining, with long flagelliform setae; pronotal dorsum finely reticulate-punctate, usually without any costulate sculpture; but if a few faint costulae occur they are insignificant and obviously secondary to the reticulate-punctate component.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Costa Rica (type locality), Honduras, Nicaragua.


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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • micretes. Strumigenys micretes Brown, 1959a: 100 (w.) COSTA RICA. See also: Bolton, 2000: 516.

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

Description

Worker

Bolton (2000) - TL 2.7-3.2, H L 0.68-0.75, HW 0.47-0.54, CI 69-75, ML 0.42-0.47, MI 60-65, SL 0.48-0.54, SI 96-102, PW 0.30-0.35, AL 0.68-0.76 (12 measured).

Preapical dentition of mandible very variable: may be entirely absent but usually there is a denticle or small tooth (size variable) on one or both mandibles close to the apicodorsal tooth. This denticle/tooth may be larger on one mandible than on the other, or present on one but not the other. More proximally mandible unarmed, or one or both with a minute denticle or tumulus. Considerable variation may occur within a single nest series. Both pairs of standing hairs on cephalic dorsum stiff, simple to spatulate. Apicoscrobal hair and pronotal humeral hair flagellate; a flagellate pair present on mesonotum and similar hairs numerous on waist segments and first gastral tergite. Pronotal dorsum reticulate-punctate, often only this sculpture present but sometimes a few very feeble superficial rugulae may occur; if so the rugulae are very faint, widely spaced and distinctly secondary to the reticulate-punctate sculpture. Mesopleuron, and usually also metapleuron, with a smooth unsculptured area; presence and extent of smooth area on metapleuron variable and in some specimens the entire sclerite is reticulate-punctate. Posterior (free) margin of propodeal lamella straight to weakly convex for most of its depth; propodeal lacuna conspicuous. Ventral surface of petiole with a curtain of spongiform tissue. Dorsum of petiole node reticulate-punctate. Disc of postpetiole variably sculptured, mostly smooth in some, in others smooth with peripheral weak sculpture or the whole surface feebly superficially sculptured; sometimes one or two weak rugulae present dorsolaterally.

Type Material

Bolton (2000) - Holotype and paratype workers, COSTA RICA: Santa Clara Prov., Colombiana Farm, 1924 (W. M. Mann) (National Museum of Natural History, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo) [examined].

References