Azteca petalocephala

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Azteca petalocephala
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Tribe: Leptomyrmecini
Genus: Azteca
Species: A. petalocephala
Binomial name
Azteca petalocephala
Longino, 1992

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Specimen Labels



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia (type locality), Peru.

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.

  • petalocephala. Azteca petalocephala Longino, 1991: 1592, figs. 12, 27, 45 (w.q.) BOLIVIA.
    • Status as species: Shattuck, 1994: 24; Bolton, 1995b: 79; Bezděčková, et al. 2015: 108.



  • Longino, J. T. 1991a. Taxonomy of the Cecropia-inhabiting Azteca ants. J. Nat. Hist. 2 25: 1571-1602 (page 1592, figs. 12, 27, 45 worker, queen described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.