Azteca fasciata

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Azteca fasciata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Azteca
Species: A. fasciata
Binomial name
Azteca fasciata
Emery, 1893

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Specimen Labels

At a Glance • Bamboo Specialist  




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia (type locality), Brazil.

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. Kaempfer's Woodpecker (Celeus obrieni) is a bamboo specialist, drilling most frequently on large, dry stems from 2 to 4 m off the ground. These woodpeckers consumed Azteca fasciata which colonize the internodes of bamboo stems (Leite et al. 2013).



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

  • fasciata. Azteca fasciata Emery, 1893b: 143, pl. 2, figs. 83, 84 (q.) BOLIVIA. Emery, 1896c: 6 (w.). Current subspecies: nominal plus similis.



  • Emery, C. 1893l. Studio monografico sul genere Azteca Forel. Mem. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (5)3:119-152 (page 143, pl. 2, figs. 83, 84 queen described)
  • Emery, C. 1896b. Alcune forme nuove del genere Azteca For. e note biologiche. Boll. Mus. Zool. Anat. Comp. R. Univ. Torino 11(2 230: 1-7 (page 6, worker described)
  • Leite, G.A., Pinheiro, R.T. et al. 2013. Foraging behavior of Kaempfer's Woodpecker (Celeus obrieni), a bamboo specialist. The Condor 115: 221-229 (DOI 10.1525/cond.2013.120062).