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Ants of Reserva Natural Kahka Creek, Nicaragua

Report by John T. (Jack) Longino, The University of Utah; Michael G. Branstetter, The University of California, Davis; Laura D. Sáenz, Universidad de San Carlos, Guatemala; and P. S. Ward, The University of California, Davis.

This is a working list of the ants of Reserva Natural Kahka Creek, Nicaragua, based on Project LLAMA sampling. Specimen records have been uploaded to the AntWeb database and are periodically updated.

This is a static webpage with links to the AntWeb species pages, where you can see distribution maps on Google Earth. If links are dead, that means the database has changed as hypotheses of species boundaries evolve and names change.

There is a minimum of 186 species so far recorded.

Kahka Creek is a privately managed preserve within the larger Rio Wawashang Nature Reserve. It is located in the RAAS department near La Laguna de Perlas and the towns of Wawashang and Pueblo Nuevo. The area is an expanding farming frontier. The preserve is about 600 hectares of mixed primary and secondary forest and in 2005 it was hit by hurricane Beta, flattening most of the larger trees. Another hurricane hit in 2009, further affecting the forest. As a result, the preserve contains almost no closed canopy forest and the understory is densely vegetated. Kahka Creek is managed by FADCANIC, an NGO that also has a forestry technician school that serves the region. The preserve maintains a staffed research station at the edge of the park. The miniWinkler transects for LLAMA were done in areas that used to be tall primary forest, rather than pastureland. Both transects were between 0-50 m elevation. Additional maxiWinkler samples were collected from other sites within the preserve. For more information visit the website of FADCANIC: A video showing the forest and station at the preserve is available on YouTube:

Species List

Acanthognathus ocellatus
Acanthoponera minor
Acromyrmex echinatior
Acromyrmex volcanus
Acropyga exsanguis
Acropyga panamensis
Adelomyrmex longinoi
Adelomyrmex myops
Anochetus mayri
Apterostigma auriculatum
Apterostigma dentigerum
Apterostigma goniodes
Apterostigma pilosum
Atta cephalotes
Azteca (additional species, not sorted)
Azteca alfari
Azteca instabilis
Azteca xanthochroa
Basiceros manni
Belonopelta deletrix
Brachymyrmex (additional species, not sorted)
Camponotus abscisus
Camponotus atriceps
Camponotus brettesi
Camponotus excisus
Camponotus integellus
Camponotus linnaei
Camponotus nitidior
Camponotus novogranadensis
Camponotus planatus
Camponotus raphaelis
Camponotus rectangularis
Camponotus sanctaefidei
Camponotus senex
Camponotus striatus
Carebara inca
Carebara urichi
Cephalotes basalis
Cephalotes cristatus
Cephalotes minutus
Cephalotes umbraculatus
Cerapachys JTL-002
Cerapachys JTL-013
Crematogaster brasiliensis
Crematogaster carinata
Crematogaster curvispinosa
Crematogaster limata
Crematogaster longispina
Crematogaster nigropilosa
Cyphomyrmex costatus
Cyphomyrmex rimosus s.l.
Discothyrea denticulata
Discothyrea JTL-013
Dolichoderus bispinosus
Dolichoderus lutosus
Dolichoderus validus
Eciton burchellii foreli
Eciton burchellii parvispinum
Eciton hamatum
Eciton mexicanum
Eciton vagans
Ectatomma gibbum
Ectatomma tuberculatum
Eurhopalothrix bolaui
Forelius damiani
Gnamptogenys alfaroi
Gnamptogenys haenschi
Gnamptogenys minuta
Gnamptogenys porcata
Gnamptogenys tornata
Hylomyrma dentiloba
Hypoponera (additional species, not sorted)
Hypoponera nitidula
Hypoponera parva
Labidus coecus
Labidus JTL-001
Labidus praedator
Lachnomyrmex haskinsi
Lachnomyrmex scrobiculatus
Leptogenys gagates
Leptogenys josephi
Megalomyrmex silvestrii
Myrmicocrypta ednaella_cf
Neivamyrmex distans
Neivamyrmex fumosus
Neivamyrmex humilis
Neivamyrmex impudens
Neivamyrmex swainsonii
Nesomyrmex asper
Nesomyrmex echinatinodis
Nesomyrmex pleuriticus
Nylanderia (additional species, not sorted)
Nylanderia JTL-010
Nylanderia steinheili
Octostruma balzani s.l.
Octostruma iheringi
Octostruma JTL-005
Odontomachus bauri
Odontomachus laticeps
Odontomachus meinerti
Odontomachus yucatecus
Pachycondyla apicalis
Pachycondyla constricta
Pachycondyla crenata
Pachycondyla curvinodis
Pachycondyla harpax
Pachycondyla stigma
Pachycondyla unidentata
Pachycondyla verenae
Pachycondyla villosa
Paraponera clavata
Pheidole acamata
Pheidole anastasii
Pheidole boruca
Pheidole browni
Pheidole caltrop
Pheidole cocciphaga
Pheidole cramptoni
Pheidole dossena
Pheidole excubitor
Pheidole fimbriata
Pheidole flavens
Pheidole indagatrix
Pheidole JTL-191
Pheidole laticornis
Pheidole mooreorum
Pheidole nebulosa
Pheidole nigricula
Pheidole nitidicollis
Pheidole otisi
Pheidole perpusilla
Pheidole protensa
Pheidole radoszkowskii
Pheidole rugiceps
Pheidole scrobifera
Pheidole sensitiva
Pheidole simonsi
Pheidole specularis
Pheidole subarmata
Pheidole susannae
Pheidole synarmata
Platythyrea punctata
Proceratium micrommatum
Pseudomyrmex beccarii
Pseudomyrmex cubaensis
Pseudomyrmex elongatus
Pseudomyrmex gracilis
Pseudomyrmex kuenckeli
Pseudomyrmex oculatus
Pseudomyrmex simplex
Pseudomyrmex tenuis
Pseudomyrmex tenuissimus
Pyramica alberti
Pyramica brevicornis
Pyramica cassicuspis
Pyramica depressiceps
Pyramica excisa
Pyramica gundlachi
Pyramica margaritae
Pyramica myllorhapha
Pyramica nigrescens
Pyramica schulzi
Pyramica subedentata
Rogeria cuneola
Rogeria inermis
Rogeria tonduzi
Sericomyrmex aztecus
Solenopsis (additional species, not sorted)
Solenopsis geminata
Solenopsis picea
Solenopsis subterranea
Strumigenys biolleyi
Strumigenys cordovensis
Strumigenys cosmostela
Strumigenys elongata
Strumigenys emmae
Strumigenys lanuginosa
Strumigenys ludia
Strumigenys micretes
Tapinoma (additional species, not sorted)
Tetramorium bicarinatum
Thaumatomyrmex ferox
Trachymyrmex cornetzi
Trachymyrmex intermedius
Wasmannia auropunctata
Wasmannia scrobifera