Azteca muelleri

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Azteca muelleri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Tribe: Leptomyrmecini
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 Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • muelleri. Azteca muelleri Emery, 1893b: 131, pl. 1, figs. 12-15 (s.w.q.) BRAZIL (Santa Catarina, Rio de Janeiro).
    • [Azteca muelleri Emery, in Dalla Torre, 1893: 164. Nomen nudum.]
    • Status as species: Forel, 1895b: 108; Forel, 1908c: 391; Emery, 1913a: 33; Stitz, 1913: 212; Mann, 1916: 470; Luederwaldt, 1918: 47; Borgmeier, 1923: 94; Eidmann, 1936b: 89; Borgmeier, 1937b: 251; Wheeler, W.M. 1942: 236; Kempf, 1972a: 33; Longino, 1991: 1591 (redescription); Shattuck, 1994: 22; Bolton, 1995b: 79; Bezděčková, et al. 2015: 108.
    • Senior synonym of brunni: Longino, 1991: 1591; Bolton, 1995b: 79.
    • Senior synonym of gibbifera: Longino, 1991: 1591; Bolton, 1995b: 79.
    • Senior synonym of janeirensis: Longino, 1991: 1591; Bolton, 1995b: 79.
    • Senior synonym of nigella: Wheeler, W.M. 1942: 236; Longino, 1991: 1591; Bolton, 1995b: 79.
    • Senior synonym of nigridens: Longino, 1991: 1591; Bolton, 1995b: 79.
    • Senior synonym of wacketi: Longino, 1991: 1591; Bolton, 1995b: 79.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus terminalis.
  • brunni. Azteca muelleri var. brunni Forel, 1909a: 251 (w.) EL SALVADOR.
    • Subspecies of muelleri: Emery, 1913a: 33; Kempf, 1972a: 33.
    • Junior synonym of muelleri: Longino, 1991: 1591; Bolton, 1995b: 78.
  • gibbifera. Azteca ulei var. gibbifera Forel, 1908c: 392 (w.) BRAZIL (São Paulo).
    • Subspecies of ulei: Emery, 1913a: 35; Luederwaldt, 1918: 47; Borgmeier, 1923: 97; Wheeler, W.M. 1942: 246; Kempf, 1972a: 35.
    • Junior synonym of muelleri: Longino, 1991: 1591; Bolton, 1995b: 78.
  • janeirensis. Azteca muelleri var. janeirensis Forel, 1912h: 48 (w.) BRAZIL (Rio de Janeiro), BOLIVIA.
    • Subspecies of muelleri: Borgmeier, 1923: 94; Kempf, 1972a: 33.
    • Junior synonym of muelleri: Longino, 1991: 1591; Bolton, 1995b: 79.
  • nigella. Azteca nigella Emery, 1893b: 132, pl. 1, figs. 23, 24 (w.) BRAZIL (Santa Catarina).
    • Status as species: Forel, 1895b: 108; Forel, 1899c: 110.
    • Subspecies of muelleri: Emery, 1913a: 34; Luederwaldt, 1918: 47; Borgmeier, 1923: 94; Kempf, 1972a: 33.
    • Junior synonym of muelleri: Wheeler, W.M. 1942: 236; Longino, 1991: 1591; Bolton, 1995b: 79.
  • nigridens. Azteca muelleri var. nigridens Forel, 1908c: 392 (w.) BRAZIL (Rio de Janeiro).
    • Subspecies of muelleri: Emery, 1913a: 34; Borgmeier, 1923: 94; Kempf, 1972a: 33.
    • Junior synonym of muelleri: Longino, 1991: 1591; Bolton, 1995b: 79.
  • wacketi. Azteca muelleri var. wacketi Emery, in Forel, 1908c: 391 (footnote) (w.m.) BRAZIL (São Paulo).
    • Subspecies of muelleri: Emery, 1913a: 34; Luederwaldt, 1918: 47; Borgmeier, 1923: 94; Wheeler, W.M. 1942: 236; Kempf, 1972a: 33.
    • Junior synonym of muelleri: Longino, 1991: 1591; Bolton, 1995b: 80.

Description

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

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  • Emery C. 1913. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Dolichoderinae. Genera Insectorum 137: 1-50.
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