Formicidae, Hymenoptera, Insecta, Arthropoda, Animalia
Tropical Central and South America (Brown 1976). Costa Rica: throughout in wet forest to 900m.
Posterior third to half of dorsal surface of head smooth and shining; large species (head length including mandibles greater than 2.8mm).
This is a large, aggressive species that nests in large epiphyte clumps or dead branches, from the low arboreal zone to the subcanopy. It usually occurs in the shaded conditions of mature wet forest.
Myrmecia hastata Fabricius 1804:426. Syntype worker: Central America.
Brown, W. L., Jr. 1976. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. Part VI. Ponerinae, tribe Ponerini, subtribe Odontomachiti. Section A. Introduction, subtribal characters. Genus Odontomachus. Studia Entomol. 19:67-171.
Fabricius, J. C. 1804. Systema Piezatorum. Brunsvigae: C. Reichard. xiv + 15-439 + 30pp. Ants - p. 395-428.
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