Azteca jelskii 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: 60

publication ID

21311

publication LSID

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

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/D1280060-FA4B-033C-50BF-34B743FB9083

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scientific name

Azteca jelskii Emery
status

 

Azteca jelskii Emery  HNS  1893

Azteca jelskii Emery  HNS  1893:338. Syntype workers: French Guiana, Cayenne (Jelski) [ MCSN]  (examined).

Azteca tonduzi var. columbica Forel  HNS  1912:51. Syntype workers: Colombia, Ouriheka [=Orihueca] near Rio Frio (Forel) [ MHNG]  (examined). NEW SYNONYMY

Range. Northern South America to Peru, Bolivia.

Biology. The types of columbica  HNS  were collected on a live tree that also contained a nest of Dolichoderus decollatus  HNS  (Forel 1912). Doug Yu's Manu collection was from a carton nest on Inga stipulacea  . In Venezuela I collected a nest in a dead vine stem, and a polygynous nest with many dealate queens in a dead Cecropia  branch.

Comments. Azteca jelskii  HNS  is a South American version of A tonduzi  HNS  . The only difference is that the scape and tibiae of A jelskii  HNS  lack erect setae. The scape and tibiae of A tonduzi  HNS  have an inconspicuous but distinct series of short erect setae. There is variation in queen head size in South America. A queen from Venezuela is smaller than queens of A tonduzi  HNS  (HLA 1.01mm versus 1.10-1.16mm, respectively); two queens, one from Peru and one from Bolivia are similar in size to A. tonduzi  HNS  queens (HLA 1.16-1.17mm).

Additional material examined. BOLIVIA: Beni: Cavinas , Feb 1922 (M. B. Lopez) - alate queen [ USNM]  ; PERU: Madre de Dios: Manu National Park , 12°S, 71°W, 400m , Sep-Nov 1994 (D. Yu) - alate queen, workerGoogleMaps  ; Cocha Totora, Manu National Park , 25 Oct 1986 (D. W. Davidson) - worker [ LACM]  ; San Martín: La Perla, 21km NNE Tarapoto , 6°19'S, 76°17'W, 220m , 23 Aug 1986 (P. S. Ward) - alate queen [ UCDC]GoogleMaps  ; TRINIDAD: no specific locality (Urich) - worker [ MCZC]  ; VENEZUELA: Puerto Cabello (A. Forel) - worker [ MHNG]  ; Barinas: Ticoporo , 8°02'N, 70°46'W, 240m , 28 Aug 1987 (J. Longino) - workers, queensGoogleMaps  .

MCSN

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

MHNG

Switzerland, Geneva, Museum d'Histoire Naturelle

USNM

USA, Washington D.C., National Museum of Natural History, [formerly, United States National Museum]

LACM

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

UCDC

USA, California, Davis, University of California, R.M. Bohart Museum of Entomology

MCZC

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

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Azteca