Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2013)
Costa Rica: Atlantic slope (La Selva, Braulio Carrillo, Penas Blancas, Monteverde).
This species occurs occasionally in Winkler samples from primary wet forest, from the lowlands (La Selva) to montane cloud forest (Monteverde). One collection was at a honey-manteca bait on primary wet forest floor at La Selva.
Taxon Page Author History
Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)
Wilson, E. O.:
etymology L rectispina , upright spine.
diagnosis Similar in various traits to bilimeki , floridana , hazenae , rectiluma , rectisentis , rectitrudis, sospes , and stomachosa , differing as follows.
Major: propodeal spine half as long as propodeal basal face and perpendicular to it; humeri low and subangulate; mesonotal convexity present; postpetiole from above elliptical, with angulate lateral margins; all of dorsal surface of head except occipital lobes, frontal triangle, and midclypeus carinulate; all of mesosoma and most of head and waist foveolate and opaque; anterior fringe of first gastral tergite shagreened.
Minor: propodeal spine half as long as the propodeal face and vertical on it; postpetiolar node somewhat depressed; occiput broad, its margin concave; all of head and mesosoma foveolate and opaque, no rugoreticulum and almost no carinulae.
Measurements (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.00, HL 1.14, SL 0.56, EL 0.14, PW 0.50.
Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.50, SL 0.46, EL 0.08, PW 0.30.
Color Major: dark, even blackish brown.
Minor: body medium brown, appendages yellowish brown.
Range Atlantic slope of Costa Rica from lowlands to montane forest (Longino 1997); and Belize (Hummingbird Gap, near Stann; Stewart Peck).
biology Occurs on the floor of primary rainforest.
figure Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. COSTA RICA: La Selva Biological Station, near Puerto Viejo, Heredia (E. O. Wilson). Scale bars = 1 mm.
Specimen Data Summary
Found most commonly in these habitats: 203 times found in cloud forest, 86 times found in montane wet forest, 56 times found in mature wet forest, 58 times found in tropical rainforest, 23 times found in 2º lowland tropical rainforest, 28 times found in tropical wet forest, 16 times found in montane rainforest, 16 times found in ridgetop cloud forest, 7 times found in 2º wet forest, 8 times found in 2º lowland rainforest, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 274 times miniWinkler, 129 times baiting, 69 times MaxiWinkler, 36 times Winkler, 41 times Mini Winkler, 20 times Berlese, 5 times bait, 2 times search, 1 times Search & Berles, 3 times Lure/Bait, 2 times Pitfall, ...
Elevations: collected from 50 - 1685 meters, 842 meters average