Hypoponera JTL-003 Longino ms

Formicidae, Hymenoptera, Insecta, Arthropoda, Animalia

worker face view

worker lateral view


Costa Rica: Monteverde, 1800m on northern slope Volcan Barba.


Face with dense, fine puncta, sublucid; eyes variable in size but large, composed of 5 or more partially fused facets; petiolar node tall, thin, scale-like. Measurement data.

Natural History

This species is known from the cloud forest habitats of Monteverde and 1800m elevation in Braulio Carrillo National Park. In Monteverde, it is a common inhabitant of the forest canopy, living in the soil beneath epiphyte mats. The species has occurred in 7 of my Winkler samples from the canopy, but only one of dozens of ground samples. I have also collected colonies by searching under epiphyte mats. The collection from Braulio Carrillo was from under moss mats. This species is clearly a specialized inhabitant of canopy soil.

Page author:

John T. Longino, The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA 98505 USA.longinoj@evergreen.edu

Date of this version: 28 May 1999
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