Strumigenys spathula

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Strumigenys spathula
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Strumigenys
Species: S. spathula
Binomial name
Strumigenys spathula
Lattke & Goitía, 1997

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Specimen labels

A wide ranging and fairly common Central American that inhabits wet-forests.


Bolton (2000) - A member of the Strumigenys elongata-group. Closest related to Strumigenys tachirensis within the group, but in that species the gastral hairs are not short and remiform.

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 18.5859972° to -16.256667°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela (type locality).

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.

  • spathula. Strumigenys spathula Lattke & Goitía, 1997: 390, figs. 29, 40, 46 (w.q.) VENEZUELA. See also: Bolton, 2000: 511.

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



Bolton (2000) - TL 2.2-2.7, HL 0.62-0.67, HW 0.45-0.50, CI 73-78, ML 0.35-0.40, MI 55-61, SL 0.41-0.48, SI 84-94, PW 0.28-0.33, AL 0.58-0.70 (8 measured). As Strumigenys elongata but differing as follows.

1 Standing hairs on first gastral tergite short stout and strongly remiform, curved posteriorly.

2 Erect hairs on mesonotum long-remiform.

3 Metapleuron entirely reticulate-punctate.

Type Material

Bolton (2000) - Holotype worker, VENEZUELA: Edo. Barinas, Res. For. Ticoporo, 17 km. SW Ciudad Bolivia, 8°04'N, 70°48'W, 240 m., 26.viii.1987, #1861-S (J. Longino); paratype workers, VENEZUELA: Edo. Carabobo, cerca Patanemo, 10°25'N, 67°34'W, 150 m., 25.vii.1987 (J. Lattke); Edo. Miranda, Rio Salmeron con Quebrada el Bagre, 24.ii.1980 (J. Lattke) (Instituto de Zoologia Agricola, The Natural History Museum, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History) [examined].


  • Bolton, B. 2000. The ant tribe Dacetini. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute. 65:1-1028.
  • Lattke, J.; Goitía, W. 1997. El género Strumigenys (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) en Venezuela. Caldasia 19: 367-396 (page 390, figs. 29, 40, 46 worker described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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