This tiny species, the smallest known to me, occurs in a wide variety of habitats throughout Costa Rica. It is common in the lowland rainforest of La Selva and in the cloud forest of Monteverde. Although common in mature forested habitats, it is not restricted to them; I have collected it in Parque Nacional, a small city park in the middle of San Jose! Workers were in some dead wood at the base of a tree, at the edge of a city sidewalk. The species occurs very often in Winkler samples of leaf litter from the forest floor. I rarely collect it by any other means. I once found a nest under loose bark of dead wood, and I once observed workers emerging from under loose bark to recruit to a dead tabanid.
I have seen an ergatoid male of what I assume to be this species, from La Selva Biological Station. It was an isolated specimen from a soil sample, not associated with workers. I associate it with this species due to its small size.
Guatemala (type locality), Costa Rica. Costa Rica: throughout the country in wet to moist habitats.
Taxonomic historyCombination in Hypoponera: Kempf, 1972b PDF: 123.Status as species: Emery, 1911e PDF: 92; Kempf, 1972b PDF: 123; Bolton, 1995b: 215; Branstetter & Sáenz, 2012 PDF: 262; Dash & Mackay, 2019 PDF: 566.