Acropyga palaga LaPolla 2004

Formicinae, Formicidae, Hymenoptera, Insecta, Arthropoda, Animalia

worker face view

worker lateral view
worker mandible

Additional images: male genitalia, dorsal, lateral, ventral, penis valve.


This species has only been collected from two localities, both in Costa Rica (Alajuela and Estrella Valley [type locality]).


Mandible with 3-4 teeth, basal tooth of mandible not enlarged, roughly triangular in shape; TL greater than 1.7mm; head width typically (in a nest series) greater than 0.50mm; thoracic hairs appressed and erect, with multiple erect hairs in addition to row on posterior portion of pronotum; antennae 9-11 segmented.

Similar species: goeldii, from which it cannot be distinguished without males.

Natural History

The type series was collected by W. M. Mann in 1924, in Valle de Estrella. Mann was probably collecting in lowland rainforest near the extensive banana plantations at Valle de Estrella.

Page author:

John LaPolla, Department of Entomology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901, USA.

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

Date of this version: 21 April 2006.
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