Throughout tropical South America, Central America to Guatemala. Costa Rica: throughout the country in wet forest habitats, low and middle elevations. Hitoy Cerere, Turrialba, La Selva Biological Station and north slope Volcan Barba to 800m, Monteverde (San Luis Valley), Carara, Osa.
This species occurs in leaf litter on the forest floor. I know it mainly from Winkler and Berlese samples. At Sirena in Corcovado National Park, I observed 10 adults emerging from the leaf litter and attacking an earthworm that was exposed on a dead leaf.
Emery, C. 1890. Voyage de M. E. Simon au Venezuela (Decembre 1887 - Avril 1888). Formicides. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Fr. (6)10:55-76.
Found most commonly in these habitats: 294 times found in mature wet forest, 32 times found in montane wet forest, 2 times found in SSO, 1 times found in LOC, 1 times found in CC, 1 times found in SSA, 5 times found in lowland rainforest, 1 times found in Puesto7,202G,10m, 1 times found in Sendero Jaguar, 1 times found in wet forest, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 294 times miniWinkler, 21 times Winkler, 28 times Mini Winkler, 13 times Berlese, 3 times Search, 1 times flight intercept trap, 1 times Manual
Elevations: collected from 30 - 1150 meters, 149 meters average