Azteca alpha

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Azteca alpha
Temporal range: Burdigalian, Early Miocene
Dominican amber, Dominican Republic
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Azteca
Species: A. alpha
Binomial name
Azteca alpha
Wilson, 1985

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Photo Gallery

  • Three dauer juveniles of the nematode Formicodiplogaster myrmenema adjacent to a worker of Azteca alpha in Dominican amber (Poinar, 2012, Fig. 23).
  • Detail of a dauer juvenile of Formicodiplogaster myrmenema adjacent to a worker of Azteca alpha in Dominican amber (Poinar, 2012, Fig. 24).

Identification

Distribution

This taxon was described from Dominican amber, Dominican Republic (Burdigalian, Early Miocene).

Biology

This species is a host for the nematode Formicodiplogaster myrmenema (a parasite) in Dominican amber (Poinar, 2011) (Dominican amber).

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • alpha. †Azteca alpha Wilson, 1985c: 58, figs. 5-8 (w.q.m.) DOMINICAN AMBER (Miocene).

Holotype: Museum of Comparative Zoology, without number.

Description

References

  • Bolton, B. 1995b. A new general catalogue of the ants of the world. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 504 pp. (page 78, catalogue)
  • Poinar, G. 2011. The Evolutionary History of Nematodes, Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • Wilson, E. O. 1985c. Ants of the Dominican amber (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). 3. The subfamily Dolichoderinae. Psyche (Camb.) 92: 17-37 (page 213, 215, figs. 5-8 worker, queen, male described)