Odontomachus opaciventris

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Odontomachus opaciventris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ponerinae
Tribe: Ponerini
Genus: Odontomachus
Species: O. opaciventris
Binomial name
Odontomachus opaciventris
Forel, 1899

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In Monteverde the diurnal foragers are common, and on warm days alate queens commonly fly into buildings. Nests are in rotten wood on the ground. Workers have been observed harvesting Calathea seeds. The species is rare at La Selva. (Longino, Ants of Costa Rica)


Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (type locality), Panama.

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Colony sizes recorded as 5000, 8000, and 10000 workers, with one queen (De la Mora et al. 2008). Nest chambers spread throughout fallen logs as well as in superficial soil underneath.



The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • opaciventris. Odontomachus haematodus r. opaciventris Forel, 1899c: 21, pl. 1, fig. 14 (w.q.) MEXICO. Raised to species: Kempf, 1972a: 172; Brown, 1976a: 105.



  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1976c. Contributions toward a reclassification of the Formicidae. Part VI. Ponerinae, tribe Ponerini, subtribe Odontomachiti. Section A. Introduction, subtribal characters. Genus Odontomachus. Stud. Entomol. 19: 67-171 (page 105, Raised to species)
  • De la Mora, A., G. Pérez-Lachaud, J. P. Lachaud. 2008. Mandible strike: The lethal weapon of Odontomachus opaciventris against small prey. Behavioral Processes 78: 64-75.
  • Forel, A. 1899b. Formicidae. [part]. Biol. Cent.-Am. Hym. 3: 1-24 (page 21, pl. 1, fig. 14 worker, queen described)
  • Kempf, W. W. 1972b. Catálogo abreviado das formigas da regia~o Neotropical. Stud. Entomol. 15: 3-344 (page 172, Raised to species)