Azteca schumannii

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Azteca schumannii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Tribe: Leptomyrmecini
Genus: Azteca
Species: A. schumannii
Binomial name
Azteca schumannii
Emery, 1893

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Specimen Labels




Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: -2.4° to -2.4°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil, Colombia, 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.



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

  • schumannii. Azteca schumannii Emery, 1893b: 145, pl. 2, figs. 72-75 (w.q.) VENEZUELA.
    • Type-material: syntype workers (number not stated), 1 syntype queen.
    • [Note: Shattuck, 1994: 25, cites 2w syntypes MHNG.]
    • Type-locality: Venezuela: Guaiana River, tributary of Cassiquiare River (K. Schumann).
    • Type-depositories: MHNG, MSNG.
    • Status as species: Emery, 1913a: 34; Mann, 1916: 469; Wheeler, W.M. 1942: 240; Kempf, 1972a: 34; Shattuck, 1994: 25; Bolton, 1995b: 79; Guerrero, 2019: 706.
    • Distribution: Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela.
    • Current subspecies: nominal plus dubia, taediosa.



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Emery C. 1893. Studio monografico sul genere Azteca Forel. Memorie della Reale Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna (5)3: 119-152
  • Emery C. 1913. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Dolichoderinae. Genera Insectorum 137: 1-50.
  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1942. Studies of Neotropical ant-plants and their ants. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 90: 1-262.