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


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

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

  • 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)