Rogeria terescandens Kugler 1994

Formicidae, Hymenoptera, Insecta, Arthropoda, Animalia

worker lateral view

worker face view


Costa Rica: Atlantic and southern Pacific lowlands.


Sparse, stiff, erect-suberect hairs and short appressed hairs on dorsa of head, mesosoma, waist, and gaster; WL about 1.00mm; eye with greater than 25 facets.


Kugler (1994) described this species from two specimens collected by Longino at Sirena, Corcovado National Park. One was collected from a recent treefall; another was beneath an epiphyte mat on a fallen branch. The ALAS project at La Selva Biological Station produced two more workers, from a canopy fogging sample. The species is apparently a rare canopy dweller.

Longino compared the La Selva specimens with the holotype at the MCZ. The La Selva specimens had a more elongate, less arched mesosoma, and the propodeal spines were broader and less spiniform. Otherwise the specimens were very similar in appearance.

terescandens appears to be parapatric with the very similar species scandens Mann. scandens is known from Lombardia in Honduras and Barro Colorado Island in Panama, thus terescandens splits the range of scandens.

Literature Cited

Kugler, C. 1994. Revision of the ant genus Rogeria (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) with descriptions of the sting apparatus. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 3:17-89.

Page authors:

Grant Ramsey, The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA 98505 USA.

John T. Longino, The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA 98505

Charles Kugler, Radford University, Radford VA 24142 USA.

Date of this version: 23 July 1998
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