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

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6246564

publication LSID

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DOI

https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.6246564

persistent identifier

https://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, worker GoogleMaps ; 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, queens GoogleMaps .

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