Azteca muelleri

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

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Specimen Labels

Subspecies
Synonyms

Identification

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

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

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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.

  • muelleri. Azteca muelleri Emery, 1893b: 131, pl. 1, figs. 12-15 (s.w.q.) BRAZIL. Senior synonym of nigella: Wheeler, W.M. 1942: 236; of brunni, gibbifera, janeirensis, nigella, nigridens, wacketi: Longino, 1992: 1591. Current subspecies: nominal plus terminalis.
  • nigella. Azteca nigella Emery, 1893b: 132, pl. 1, figs. 23, 24 (w.) BRAZIL. Subspecies of muelleri: Emery, 1913a: 34. Junior synonym of muelleri: Wheeler, W.M. 1942: 236; Longino, 1992: 1591.
  • gibbifera. Azteca ulei var. gibbifera Forel, 1908c: 392 (w.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of muelleri: Longino, 1992: 1591.
  • nigridens. Azteca muelleri var. nigridens Forel, 1908c: 392 (w.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of muelleri: Longino, 1992: 1591.
  • wacketi. Azteca muelleri var. wacketi Emery, in Forel, 1908c: 391 (footnote) (w.m.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of muelleri: Longino, 1992: 1591.
  • brunni. Azteca muelleri var. brunni Forel, 1909a: 251 (w.) EL SALVADOR. Junior synonym of muelleri: Longino, 1992: 1591.
  • janeirensis. Azteca muelleri var. janeirensis Forel, 1912h: 48 (w.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of muelleri: Longino, 1992: 1591.

Description

References

  • Emery, C. 1893l. Studio monografico sul genere Azteca Forel. Mem. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (5)3:119-152 (page 131, pl. 1, figs. 12-15 soldier, worker, queen described)
  • Longino, J. T. 1991a. Taxonomy of the Cecropia-inhabiting Azteca ants. J. Nat. Hist. 2 25: 1571-1602 (page 1591, senior synonym of brunni, gibbifera, janeirensis, nigella, nigridens, and wacketi)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1942. Studies of Neotropical ant-plants and their ants. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 90: 1-262 (page 236, senior synonym of nigella)