Solenopsis JTL-008 Longino ms.

Formicidae, Hymenoptera, Insecta, Arthropoda, Animalia

worker face view

worker lateral view

Additional images: Queen, face view (small, large); lateral view (small, large).


Santa Rosa National Park; La Selva Biological Station and Barva Transect to 500m.


Size small; color yellow with darker gaster; anterior clypeal margin without projecting teeth; compound eye circular, dark, composed of about 5 fused ommatidia; sparse long hairs projecting from sides of head and vertex margin; mesosoma short and compact; postpetiole lacking anteroventral process.

Similar species: JTL-019.

Natural History

This species inhabits both lowland rainforest of the Atlantic slope and lowland dry forest in Guanacaste. At La Selva Biological Station, workers are fairly common in Winkler samples. Nests have been found in small rotten sticks on the ground. At Santa Rosa National Park, I collected a nest in a small soft stick on the ground in Quercus oleoides forest. On the Barva transect it decreases quickly with elevation, and is rare by 500m.

Page author:

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

Date of this version: 15 August 2005.
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