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Specimen: JTL686954 Discothyrea mixta    


Persistent Identifier:

Species Distribution Status: Native

Locality Information:

  • Bioregion:
  • Afrotropical
  • Latitude:
  • 0.55878025
  • Longitude:
  • 30.359982
  • Lat/Long max error:
  • 20m
  • Elevation
  • 1520 m
  • Elevation max error:
  • 50m
  • Locality notes:

Collection Information:

  • Collected by:
  • J. Longino  
  • Date collected start:
  • 2012-08-13
  • Date collected end:
  • 2012-08-13
  • Habitat:
  • mature wet forest 
  • Sampling method:
  • search
  • Microhabitat:
  • nest in dead wood
  • Collection notes:
  • Discothyrea nest in rotten wood. I tried to collect the entire colony. A single chamber 4cm long contained abundant workers,1 dealate queen, brood of all stages, abundant spheres that I assume are arthropod eggs. The arthropod eggs were of at least two size classes, maybe more. The chamber is lined with white filimentous material that looks and acts like wet matted silk. Observing colony in lab, workers pick up arthropod eggs with their mandibles, carry them back to brood pile. I saw no evidence of use of recurved gaster to hold or transport eggs. Later I went out and found 4 arthropod eggs in rotten log, amber colored, size of largest eggs in disco colony. Also found small spider egg sac with spiderlings inside. Put these objects in nest. Workers walked up, antennated, and either seemed not to notice or gave a small jerk away; showed no sustained interest. After a day, objects still there. [84 workers, 1 dealate queen]

Specimen Information:

  • Life stage/sex notes:
  • worker, brood
  • Caste:
  • worker
  • Subcaste:
  • normal
  • Determined by:
  • J. Longino
  • Date determined:
  • 2012-10-28
  • Type status:
  • Type:
  • false
  • Medium:
  • ethanol
  • DNA notes:
  • Specimen notes:
  • Last Modified:
  • 2019-05-07 09:14:09.0  

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