Azteca depilis

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

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Specimen Labels



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 8.266666667° to -3.583333333°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality), Peru, Suriname.

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.



The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • depilis. Azteca depilis Emery, 1893b: 139, pl. 2, figs. 37-42 (s.w.q.m.) BRAZIL (Amazonas).
    • [Azteca depilis Schumann, 1888: 417. Nomen nudum.]
    • Status as species: Forel, 1895b: 109; Emery, 1896c: 6; Emery, 1913a: 32; Borgmeier, 1923: 91; Wheeler, W.M. 1942: 227; Kempf, 1972a: 31; Shattuck, 1994: 16; Bolton, 1995b: 78; Bezděčková, et al. 2015: 107.



  • Emery, C. 1893l. Studio monografico sul genere Azteca Forel. Mem. R. Accad. Sci. Ist. Bologna (5)3:119-152 (page 139, pl. 2, figs. 37-42 soldier, worker, queen, male described)
  • Schumann, K. 1888. Einige neue Ameisenpflanzen. Jahrb. Wiss. Bot. 19: 357-421 (page 417, Azteca depilis Schumann, 1888:417; Nomen nudum)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Franco W., N. Ladino, J. H. C. Delabie, A. Dejean, J. Orivel, M. Fichaux, S. Groc, M. Leponce, and R. M. Feitosa. 2019. First checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of French Guiana. Zootaxa 4674(5): 509-543.
  • Frederickson M. E. 2005. Ant species confer different partner benefits on two neotropical myrmecophytes. Oecologia 143: 387-395.
  • Salinas P. J. 2010. Catalogue of the ants of the Táchira State, Venezuela, with notes on their biodiversity, biogeography and ecology (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Amblyioponinae, Ponerinae, Proceratiinae, Myrmicinae, Ecitoninae, Formicinae, Pseudomyrmecinae, Dolichoderinae). Boletín de la SEA 47: 315-328.