Procryptocerus coriarius

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Procryptocerus coriarius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Procryptocerus
Species: P. coriarius
Binomial name
Procryptocerus coriarius
(Mayr, 1870)

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Specimen Labels

This is a very rarely encountered species. One Colombian collection was found nesting in withered branches of coffee shrubs (Kempf, 1951). The Costa Rican collection from Guayabo is a dealate queen. The collection from Carrillo was from rainforest, a single worker from low vegetation. Weber’s Medellin collection is a nest series with a queen and a male. (Longino and Snelling 2002)


Longino and Snelling (2002) - Procryptocerus coriarius and Procryptocerus schmitti are extremely similar, the only known differences being the more deeply impressed propodeal suture and the shallower, more sparse foveae on the face of P. coriarius (Kempf, 1951). Procryptocerus coriarius has the face largely smooth and shining, with faint foveae confined to the anterior one third. Procryptocerus schmitti has the face uniformly foveate. The type of P. coriarius, from Bogota, is somewhat intermediate. Although most similar to the other material identified as P. coriarius here, the foveae on the face are stronger and extend further onto the disc.

Procryptocerus coriarius and P. schmitti have a parapatric or allopatric distribution. Procryptocerus coriarius occurs from Costa Rica to Colombia. Procryptocerus schmitti occurs in Venezuela and the northeastern states of Brazil, south to Bahia (see under P. schmitti).

Keys including this Species


Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 10.36888889° to -0.6364°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Colombia (type locality), Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Venezuela.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • coriarius. Cataulacus coriarius Mayr, 1870a: 414 (w.) COLOMBIA. Kempf, 1951: 38 (q.). Combination in Procryptocerus: Emery, 1887b: 470. See also: Longino & Snelling 2002: 13.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.



Longino and Snelling (2002) - (n = 1, Costa Rica): HW 0.929, HL 0.920, SL 0.577, EL 0.236, MeL 1.073, MeW 0.652, PrW 0.545, PrL 0.283, PrS 0.123, PrT 0.405, MTL 0.577, MFL 0.634, MFW 0.236, PtL 0.338, PtW 0.311, PpW 0.443, PtH 0.307, AL 1.094, AW 0.982.

Head roughly circular in outline; frontal carina ending on and fused with dorsal torulus, thickened where it approaches torulus; face to vertex margin with widely dispersed small foveae, densest on anterior third of face, absent from posteromedial face; interspaces subgranular with fine areolate etchings; clypeus at level of antennal insertions evenly curved ventrad, with small pair of broadly obtuse teeth projecting outward from anterior margin; clypeus with fine areolate microsculpture and faint longitudinal rugulae; genae with areolate microsculpture and sparse small foveae; genal bridge longitudinally striate; mandible mat, with feeble longitudinal striae; in anterior view, eyes asymmetrically convex, skewed ventrad; scape somewhat flattened distally, becoming more terete basally, basal flange moderately developed; margin of vertex smoothly rounded, not carinate or crenate; vertex smooth and shiny.

Lateral lobes of mesonotum indistinct, at most broadly obtuse angles; propodeal suture a broad, shallow trough, visible as a depression in profile; dorsal face of propodeum with anterolateral lobes distinct; promesonotum coarsely and closely foveate; propodeal suture with regular parallel striae, which continue onto dorsal face of propodeum, dorsal face of propodeum with variable combination of foveae and longitudinal striae; posterior face of propodeum perpendicular to dorsal face, slightly concave, largely smooth and shining; pronotal dorsum rounds onto lateral face, lateral face with row of foveae dorsally, coarse parallel striae ventrally; anepisternum, katepisternum, and lateral propodeum vary from largely smooth and shining to longitudinally striate; coxae smooth; hind femur strongly swollen medially, spindle-shaped; posterior surface of forefemur smooth; outer surface of metatibia feebly rugose.

Ventral margin of petiole flat, ending anteriorly in a small, indistinct right-angled tooth; anterodorsal face of petiole differentiated from longer posterodorsal face, meeting at broadly obtuse angle; anterior face smooth and shining; posterior face coarsely reticulate rugose; ventral margin of postpetiole short, with a prominent, acute anterior tooth; postpetiolar dorsum shallowly convex, without distinct anterior and posterior faces; surface coarsely reticulate rugose; anterior third to half of first gastral tergite with feeble irregular longitudinal rugae with interspersed puncta, this sculpture fading to nearly smooth and shiny posteriorly (Weber series from Medellin with this sculpture nearly effaced, largely smooth and shiny); anterolateral portion of first gastral sternite with a few oblique rugulae, remainder smooth with uniform cover of sparse, small puncta; second gastral tergite smooth or with areolate microsculpture.

Disc of face with 1–2 erect setae; promesonotum with moderately abundant short flexuous setae; setae longer, denser, subdecumbent on dorsal face of propodeum, petiole, and postpetiole; first gastral tergite with cluster of longer, flexuous setae near postpetiolar insertion, grading to a variably developed dense subdecumbent pubescence posteriorly; color shining black, scapes orange, flagellum and legs varying from brown to orange.


Longino and Snelling (2002) - (n = 1, Colombia): HW 0.931, HL 0.912, SL 0.600, EL 0.330, MeL 1.500, MeW 0.827, MTL 0.619, MFL 0.676, MFW 0.231, PtL 0.406, PtW 0.321, PpW 0.457, PtH 0.308, AL 1.405, AW 1.045.

Similar to worker in most respects; foveae more extensive on face relative to worker, but still weakening medially, reduced to small scattered puncta around ocellar triangle; pronotum, mesoscutum, axillae, and scutellum foveate; interspaces subequal to or greater than fovea diameter, with microareolate sculpture; dorsal face of propodeum irregularly rugose-foveate.

Type Material

Longino and Snelling (2002) - Holotype worker: Colombia, Bogota, ‘‘S. Fe’’ (Lindig) Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna (examined).


  • Emery, C. 1887h. Catalogo delle formiche esistenti nelle collezioni del Museo Civico di Genova. Parte terza. Formiche della regione Indo-Malese e dell'Australia (continuazione e fine). [concl.]. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. 25[=(2)(5): 465-473 (page 470, Combination in Procryptocerus)
  • Kempf, W. W. 1951. A taxonomic study on the ant tribe Cephalotini (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Rev. Entomol. (Rio J.) 22: 1-244 (page 38, queen described)
  • Longino, J.T. and Snelling, R.R. 2002. A taxonomic revision of the Procryptocerus of Central America. Contributions in Science. 495:1-30.
  • Mayr, G. 1870a. Formicidae novogranadenses. Sitzungsber. Kais. Akad. Wiss. Wien Math.-Naturwiss. Cl. Abt. I 61: 370-417 (page 414, worker described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.
  • INBio Collection (via Gbif)
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).