Azteca australis

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Azteca australis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Azteca
Species: A. australis
Binomial name
Azteca australis
Wheeler, W.M., 1942

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Specimen Labels



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia, Brazil, Peru (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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All known Azteca species are arboreal, nesting in living or dead wood, or external carton nests. Some species exhibit obligate associations with myrmecophytes, especially of the genus Cecropia (see Chapter 14 of The Ants). Feeding habits are generalized with foraging occurring both arboreally and on the ground.



The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • australis. Azteca xanthochroa subsp. australis Wheeler, W.M. 1942: 249 (q.) PERU. Longino, 1992: 1582 (w.). Raised to species: Longino, 1992: 1578.



  • Longino, J. T. 1991a. Taxonomy of the Cecropia-inhabiting Azteca ants. J. Nat. Hist. 2 25: 1571-1602 (page 1582, worker described, raised to species)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1942. Studies of Neotropical ant-plants and their ants. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 90: 1-262 (page 249, queen described)