Cardiocondyla minutior Forel 1899

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 not impressed; mesosoma dark brown, concolorous with gaster; propodeal spines relatively short.

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 in the town square of La Cruz in Guanacaste Province (C. emeryi were in the same collection), and I have seen a collection of workers from an Anacardium trunk in Pavones. Alate queens have been collected in Malaise traps at La Selva Biological Station. John Noyes collected workers in sweepnet samples from Arenal National Park.

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.
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