Azteca aurita Emery,

Longino, J. T., 2007, A taxonomic review of the genus Azteca (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Costa Rica and a global revision of the aurita group., Zootaxa 1491, pp. 1-63: 55-56

publication ID

21311

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:C31A1226-724D-4D1A-8471-E6BB441EE3EF

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Azteca aurita Emery
status

 

Azteca aurita Emery  HNS  1893

Azteca aurita Emery  HNS  1893:346. Holotype queen: Brazil, Pará, Braganza ( Oberthür) [ MCSN]  (examined).

Azteca lacrymosa Forel  HNS  1899:116 (part). Syntype workers: Costa Rica (Tonduz); and Colombia, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Hac. la Esperanza (Lallemand, Forel) [ MHNG, MCZC]  (examined; Costa Rican series is A. pilosula  HNS  , Colombian series is A. aurita  HNS  ). Incorrect synonymy under A. aurita Emery  HNS  : Forel 1906:237.

Azteca lacrymosa race silvae Forel  HNS  1899:116. Syntype workers: Brazil, Amazonas, Pará ( Göldi) [ MHNG, MCZC]  (examined). NEW SYNONYMY

Azteca aurita r. silvae Forel  HNS  : Forel 1906:237.

Queen characters. Measurements (n=2): HLA 1.28 (1.25-1.30), HW 1.11 (1.10-1.11), SL 1.21 (1.18-1.24), CI 87 (85-88), SI 95 (94-95).

Palpal formula 4,3; middle and hind tibia lacking apical spur; mandible strongly flattened, apical tooth much longer than penultimate tooth; medial clypeal lobe strongly convex and protruding, extending well beyond lateral clypeal lobes; head quadrate, sides flat and diverging posteriorly, posterior margin strongly angulate laterally, deeply excavate medially; petiolar node short, broadly triangular; scape, mandible, lateral margin of head anterior to compound eye, and legs covered with uniform vestiture of short, dense, white pilosity; lateral margin of head posterior to eye, posterior margin of head, mesosomal dorsum, petiolar dorsum, and gaster lacking erect setae; entire body orange, with smooth, highly polished and reflective surface.

Worker characters. Measurements (n=2): HLA 1.22 (1.11-1.32), HW 1.21 (1.11-1.30), SL 1.11 (1.03- 1.19), CI 99 (98-100), SI 92 (90-93).

Currently indistinguishable from A. pilosula  HNS  .

Range. Brazil, Colombia.

Additional material examined. BRAZIL: Pará: Santarem - worker [ MHNG]  ; Pará (W. M. Mann) [ LACM]  ; COLOMBIA: no specific locality (Santschi coll.) - queen [ NHMB]  ; Magdalena: Esperanza (Forel) - workers, headless queen [ MHNG] [ A. lacrymosa  HNS  syntypes]  .

MCSN

Italy, Genova, Museo Civico di Storia Naturale "Giacomo Doria"

MHNG

Switzerland, Geneva, Museum d'Histoire Naturelle

MCZC

USA, Massachusetts, Cambridge, Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology

LACM

USA, California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History

NHMB

Switzerland, Basel, Naturhistorisches Museum

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Azteca