Azteca salti

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Azteca salti
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Tribe: Leptomyrmecini
Genus: Azteca
Species: A. salti
Binomial name
Azteca salti
Wheeler, W.M., 1930



Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 5.604722° to 5.604722°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Colombia (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.


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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.

Association with Other Organisms

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  • This species is a host for the eurytomid wasp Aximopsis sp. (a parasitoid) (Quevillon, 2018) (encounter mode independent; direct transmission; transmission outside nest).



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

  • salti. Azteca xanthochroa subsp. salti Wheeler, W.M., in Wheeler, W.M. & Darlington, 1930: 114 (w.q.) COLOMBIA.
    • [Also described as new by Wheeler, W.M. 1942: 250.]
    • Subspecies of xanthochroa: Kempf, 1972a: 36.
    • Status as species: Longino, 1991: 1593 (redescription); Shattuck, 1994: 25; Bolton, 1995b: 79; Guerrero, 2019: 706.



  • Longino, J. T. 1991a. Taxonomy of the Cecropia-inhabiting Azteca ants. J. Nat. Hist. 2 25: 1571-1602 (page 1593, raised to species)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1930i. [Untitled. Azteca xanthochroa Roger subsp. salti Wheeler, subsp. nov.]. Pp. 114-115 in: Wheeler, W. M., Darlington, P. J. Ant-tree notes from Rio Frio, Colombia. Psyche (Camb.) 37:107-117. (page 114, worker, queen described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1942. Studies of Neotropical ant-plants and their ants. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 90: 1-262 (page 250, also described as new)
  • Wheeler, W. M.; Darlington, P. J., Jr. 1930. Ant-tree notes from Rio Frio, Colombia. Psyche (Camb.) 37: 107-117 (page 114, worker, queen described)