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Species: Azteca pilosula   Forel, 1899 

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Taxonomic History (provided by Barry Bolton, 2021)

Azteca aurita r. pilosula Forel, 1899h PDF: 115, pl. 4, fig. 15 (q.) COSTA RICA. Neotropic. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Junior synonym of Azteca aurita: Forel, 1912i PDF: 54.
Revived from synonymy, raised to species and senior synonym of Azteca lacrymosa: Longino, 2007 PDF: 57.
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  Geographic regions (According to curated Geolocale/Taxon lists):
    Americas: Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama
  Biogeographic regions (According to curated Bioregion/Taxon lists):

Distribution Notes:

Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia. Costa Rica: southern Pacific lowlands.


Natural History:

Azteca pilosula nests in large exposed carton nests. The type series was collected by Tonduz in Costa Rican and was from an "arboreal nest." A collection by Forel from Colombia was from a large carton nest. In Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica I found a large carton nest on a horizontal log over a trail. Workers from this nest were tending scale insects on the spathe of a nearby aroid.


See additional discussion of A. aurita group.

Literature Cited

Specimen Habitat Summary

Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times nid carton, 1 times carton nest.

Elevations: collected at 10 m

Collect Date Range: collected between 1911-11-18 and 2010-01-01

Type specimens: Lectotype of Azteca pilosula: casent0909596; Lectotype of Azteca lacrymosa: casent0909597; syntype Azteca lacrymosa: jtl073592; syntype Azteca pilosula: jtl073591

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