Cardiocondyla emeryi Forel 1881

Myrmicinae, Formicidae, Hymenoptera, Insecta, Arthropoda, Animalia

worker lateral view
worker dorsal view

worker face view


A cosmopolitan tramp species, widespread in the tropics (Seifert 2003).


Propodeal suture impressed; mesosoma light brown or orange, contrasting with darker gaster; propodeal spines relatively long; postpetiolar sternite bulging, with blunt anterolateral gibbosities (not angular projections as in obscurior).

Similar species: obscurior.

Natural History

These are ants of open areas and synanthropic habitats that can be expected in any low to midelevation urban area in Costa Rica. I have found workers foraging on the ground in the town squares of La Cruz and Liberia in Guanacaste Province. I have collected workers while sweeping low vegetation along the dusty roadside near La Pita, on the road from the PanAmerican Highway to Monteverde. On the Atlantic side of Costa Rica, I collected workers on the beach margin beneath coconut palms near Puerto Viejo de Limon.

Literature Cited

Seifert, B. 2003. The ant genus Cardiocondyla (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae): A taxonomic revision of the C. elegans, C. bulgarica, C. batesii, C. nuda, C. shuckardi, C. stambuloffii, C. wroughtonii, C. emeryi, and C. minutior species groups. Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien Serie B Botanik und Zoologie 104B:203-338.

Page author:

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

Date of this version: 16 May 2007.
Previous versions of this page: 22 March 2003, 5 January 2004
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