Azteca jelskii

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

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Specimen Labels


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

Neotropical Region: Bolivia, Colombia, French Guiana (type locality), Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.

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 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.


Type Material

Longino (2007) - Syntype workers: French Guiana, Cayenne (Jelski) Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Genoa (examined).