The Ehrhardt series described by Forel (1908b) was from a carton nest on a Cecropia tree.
A member of the Azteca aurita group. See the group page and keys for identification.
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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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Holotype worker: Brazil, S. Catharina (Schmalz) 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 141, pl. 2, fig. 47 worker described)
- Forel, A. 1908h. Ameisen aus Sao Paulo (Brasilien), Paraguay etc. gesammelt von Prof. Herm. v. Ihering, Dr. Lutz, Dr. Fiebrig, etc. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 58: 340-418 (page 389, queen, male 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