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Atta colombica

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Formicidae
Tribe  Attini
Scientific name  Atta colombica
Rank  Species
Class  Insecta
Subfamily  Myrmicinae
Genus  Atta
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Hymenopterans
Atta colombica Atta colombica photo Christopher Tranter photos at pbasecom
Similar  Atta, Atta cephalotes, Fungus‑growing ants, Acromyrmex, Hymenopterans

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Atta colombica is one of 41 species of leafcutter ant. This species is part of the Attini tribe (the fungus-growing ants).

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Atta colombica


Description

Workers of this species are maroon in colour, and are entirely matte, with no shiny spots.

Distribution

This species ranges from Guatemala to Colombia, and can also be found in Costa Rica.

Nests

Atta colombica Atta colombica photo Christopher Tranter photos at pbasecom

Atta colombica produces visible refuse dumps of spent fungus on the surface. These dumps often take the form of large, conical mounds, and are located to the side of the main soil mounds. Lines of workers carry the spent fungus from the nest to the dumps. They deposit the grayish-white pellets at the peak of the mounds, which produces the conical shape. This behaviour is different from A. cephalotes which deposit their refuse in subterranean dumps.

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References

Atta colombica Wikipedia


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