Azteca lanuginosa

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

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Specimen Labels

The Ehrhardt series described by Forel (1908b) was from a carton nest on a Cecropia tree.

Identification

A member of the Azteca aurita group. See the group page and keys for identification.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Southern Brazil.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

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.

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • lanuginosa. Azteca lanuginosa Emery, 1893b: 141, pl. 2, fig. 47 (w.) BRAZIL. Forel, 1908c: 389 (q.m.). See also: Longino, 2007: 56.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

Worker

Longino (2007) - (n=2): HLA 1.25 (1.15–1.35), HW 1.24 (1.14–1.34), SL 0.89 (0.82–0.95), CI 99 (99–99), SI 71 (70–71).

Head shape, mandible shape and sculpture, and pilosity very like Azteca schimperi, but pubescence thicker, woolier; color uniformly brown.

Queen

Longino (2007) - (n=1): HLA 1.30, HW 0.96, SL 0.90, CI 74, SI 69.

Similar to the queen of Azteca schimperi, but smaller and much more pilose throughout; setae more dense on legs and scapes, abundant on mesosomal dorsum, petiolar node, and gaster.

Type Material

Holotype worker: Brazil, S. Catharina (Schmalz) Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Genoa (examined).

References