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Genus: Azteca   Forel, 1878 


Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2016)

Extant: 84 species, 28 subspecies

Fossil: 2 species

Azteca Forel, 1878c PDF: 384 . Type-species: Liometopum xanthochroum, by monotypy. AntCat AntWiki HOL

Taxonomic history

[Type-species not Tapinoma instabilis, unjustified subsequent designation (based on inaccurate synonymy) by Wheeler, 1911g PDF: 159. Type-species not Azteca muelleri, unjustified subsequent designation by Emery, 1913a PDF: 31; repeated in Wheeler, 1913a PDF: 78.].
Azteca in Dolichoderidae: Ashmead, 1905c PDF: 384.
Azteca in Dolichoderinae, Leptomyrmecini: Ward, Brady, et al. 2010: 361.
[Aztecum Bertkau, 1879a PDF: 13, incorrect subsequent spelling.].
Genus Azteca references
Dalla Torre, 1893Dalla Torre, K. W. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. [1893] PDF 124002}: 163 (catalogue); Emery, 1893lEmery, C. 1893l. Studio monografico sul genere Azteca Forel. Memorie della Reale Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna (5)3:119-152 [pagination of separate: 319-352]. [1893] 124572: 127 (species key); Emery, 1913aEmery, C. 1913a ("1912"). Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Dolichoderinae. Genera Insectorum 137:1-50. [1913-03-08] PDF 124711: 29 (diagnosis, catalogue); Kempf, 1972bKempf, W. W. 1972b. Catálogo abreviado das formigas da região Neotropical. Studia Entomologica 15:3-344. [1972-08-25] PDF 126357: 29 (catalogue); Longino, 1989bLongino, J. T. 1989b. Taxonomy of the Cecropia-inhabiting ants in the Azteca alfari species group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): evidence for two broadly sympatric species. Contributions in Science (Los Angeles) 412:1-16. [1989-12-19] PDF 126942: 1 (Azteca alfari group on Cecropia); Brandão, 1991Brandão, C. R. F. 1991. Adendos ao catálogo abreviado das formigas da região Neotropical (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Revista Brasileira de Entomologia 35:319-412. [1991-08-31] PDF 122994: 329 (catalogue); Longino, 1991aLongino, J. T. 1991a. Taxonomy of the Cecropia-inhabiting Azteca ants. Journal of Natural History 25:1571-1602. [1991-12-31] PDF 126943: 1571 (Cecropia-inhabiting species key); Shattuck, 1992cShattuck, S. O. 1992c. Generic revision of the ant subfamily Dolichoderinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Sociobiology 21:1-181. [1992] PDF 128605: 49 (diagnosis, review of genus); Shattuck, 1994Shattuck, S. O. 1994. Taxonomic catalog of the ant subfamilies Aneuretinae and Dolichoderinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). University of California Publications in Entomology 112:i-xix, 1-241. [1994-01] PDF 128601: 10 (catalogue); Bolton, 1995aBolton, B. 1995a. A taxonomic and zoogeographical census of the extant ant taxa (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Natural History 29:1037-1056. [1995-08] PDF 122859: 1048 (census); Bolton, 1995bBolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. [1995-10] 122860: 78 (catalogue); Longino, 1996Longino, J. T. 1996. Taxonomic characterization of some live-stem inhabiting Azteca (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Costa Rica, with special reference to the ants of Cordia (Boraginaceae) and Triplaris (Polygonaceae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 5:131-156. [1996-08-22] PDF 131719: 131 (Costa Rica stem-inhabiting species key); Longino, 2007Longino, J. T. 2007. A taxonomic review of the genus Azteca (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Costa Rica and a global revision of the aurita group. Zootaxa 1491:1-63. [2007-05-31] PDF 131721: 10 (Costa Rica species keys); Guerrero, Delabie & Dejean, 2010Guerrero, R. J.; Delabie, J. H. C.; Dejean, A. 2010. Taxonomic contribution to the aurita group of the ant genus Azteca (Formicidae: Dolichoderinae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 19:51-65. PDF 131416: 53 (Azteca aurita group key).

Taxon Page Images:

The swollen stem of a Cordia nodosa plant houses a symbiotic colony of Azteca ants. The ants protect the plant from herbivores in exchange for lodging. The large ant at center is the queen. Jatun Sacha reserve, Napo, Ecuador.
Image © Alex Wild.


Neotropical Region: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela

Taxon Page Author History

On 2013-08-22 03:29:58 Zach Lieberman modified Images
On 2013-08-22 03:29:23 Zach Lieberman modified Images

Taxonomic Treatment (provided by Plazi)

Scientific Name Status Publication Pages ModsID GoogleMaps
Azteca   Longino, J. T., 2007, A taxonomic review of the genus Azteca (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Costa Rica and a global revision of the aurita group., Zootaxa 1491, pp. 1-63: 8-10, (download) 8-10 21311
Azteca   Wild, A. L., 2007, A catalogue of the ants of Paraguay (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)., Zootaxa 1622, pp. 1-55: 24, (download) 24 21367
Azteca   Forel, A., 1899, Biologia Centrali-Americana; or, contributions to the knowledge of the fauna and flora of Mexico and Central America. Insecta. Hymenoptera. 3 (Formicidae)., London: Unknown Publisher: 104-107, (download) 104-107 8170
Azteca   Wheeler, W. M., 1922, The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition., Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45, pp. 39-269: 198-199, (download) 198-199 20597
Azteca   Longino, J. T., 2007, A taxonomic review of the genus Azteca (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Costa Rica and a global revision of the aurita group., Zootaxa 1491, pp. 1-63: 10-14, (download) 10-14 21311

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