Longino (2007) - The types of columbica were collected on a live tree that also contained a nest of Dolichoderus decollatus. A Manu collection by Doug Yu's was from a carton nest on Inga stipulacea. In Venezuela I collected a nest in a dead vine stem, and a polygynous nest with many dealate queens in a dead Cecropia branch.
Longino (2007) - Azteca jelskii is a South American version of Azteca tonduzi. The only difference is that the scape and tibiae of A. jelskii lack erect setae. The scape and tibiae of A. tonduzi have an inconspicuous but distinct series of short erect setae. There is variation in queen head size in South America. A queen from Venezuela is smaller than queens of A. tonduzi (HLA 1.01mm versus 1.10–1.16mm, respectively); two queens, one from Peru and one from Bolivia are similar in size to A. tonduzi queens (HLA 1.16–1.17mm).
Northern South America to Peru, Bolivia.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
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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.
- jelskii. Azteca jelskii Emery, 1893b: 138, pl. 2, figs. 52, 53 (s.w.) FRENCH GUIANA. Senior synonym of columbica: Longino, 2007: 60.
- columbica. Azteca tonduzi var. columbica Forel, 1912h: 51 (w.) COLOMBIA. Junior synonym of jelskii: Longino, 2007: 60.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Longino (2007) - Syntype workers: French Guiana, Cayenne (Jelski) Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Genoa (examined).
- Emery, C. 1893l. Studio monografico sul genere Azteca Forel. Mem. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (5)3:119-152 (page 138, pl. 2, figs. 52, 53 soldier, worker described)
- Longino, J.T. 2007. A taxonomic review of the genus Azteca in Costa Rica and a global revision of the aurita group. Zootaxa. 1491:1-63. PDF