Azteca aragua

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

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Specimen Labels



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 10.35° to 10.35°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Venezuela (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.


Explore-icon.png Explore Overview of Azteca biology 
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.


Images from AntWeb

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Male (alate). Specimen code casent0188845. Photographer Erin Prado, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by CAS, San Francisco, CA, USA.


The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • aragua. Azteca aragua Longino, 1991: 1575, figs. 11, 31, 45 (q.) VENEZUELA.
    • Type-material: holotype queen, 8 paratype queens.
    • Type-locality: holotype Venezuela: Estado Aragua, Rancho Grande, 1100 m., 19.ii.1969 (J. Salcedo); paratypes: 1 queen with same data, 1 queen with same data but (Poole), 3 queens with same data but 25-26.i.1978 (Heppner), 1 queen with same data but 14.v.1975 (J. Salcedo & Clavijo), 1 queen Rancho Grande, Portachuelo, 1100 m., 24.iv.1981 (Clavijo), 1 queen with same data as last but (Clavijo & Chacon).
    • Type-depositories: MIZA (holotype); MCZC, MIZA, USNM (paratypes).
    • Status as species: Shattuck, 1994: 12; Bolton, 1995b: 78.
    • Distribution: Venezuela.



  • Longino, J. T. 1991a. Taxonomy of the Cecropia-inhabiting Azteca ants. J. Nat. Hist. 2 25: 1571-1602 (page 1575, figs. 11, 31, 45 queen described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Longino J. T. 1991. Taxonomy of the Cecropia-inhabiting Azteca ants. Journal of Natural History 25: 1571-1602