Acropyga and Azteca ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) with scale insects (Sternorrhyncha, Coccoidea) : 20 million years of symbiosis. American Museum novitates ; no. 3335

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dc.contributor.author Johnson, Christine. en_US
dc.contributor.author Agosti, Donat. en_US
dc.contributor.author Delabie, Jacques H. en_US
dc.contributor.author Dumpert, Klaus.
dc.contributor.author Williams, D. J.
dc.contributor.author von Tschirnhaus, Michael.
dc.contributor.author Maschwitz, Ulrich.
dc.date.accessioned 2005-10-06T16:41:52Z
dc.date.available 2005-10-06T16:41:52Z
dc.date.issued 2001 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/2888
dc.description 18 p. : ill., map ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 12-16). en_US
dc.description.abstract "Species of the genus Acropyga are rarely encountered subterranean ants that rely on mealybugs or aphids to provide their nutritional needs. Female Acropyga (Formicinae) alates of pantropical and Mediterranean species carry mealybugs with their mandibles while swarming and probably inoculate their new nests with these mealybugs. The natural history of Acropyga and other mealybug-tending ant species, a summary of the various reports of Acropyga females toting mealybugs, and a new record from French Guiana are presented here. Also provided are a first report and description of Acropyga alates with mealybugs in Dominican amber dated to the Miocene, a discovery indicating that this intimate association and relatively uncommon behavior has existed for at least 15-20 million years. The mealybugs found with the Acropyga females in amber are related to the hypogaeic genera Eumyrmococcus Silvestri and Neochavesia Williams & Granara de Willink (Pseudococcidae, Rhizoecinae) and represent three new species of a new genus. The genus Electromyrmococcus and the species Electromyrmococcus abductus Williams, Electromyrmococcus inclusus Williams and Agosti, and Electromyrmococcus reginae Williams are described. A piece of Dominican amber containing workers of Azteca alpha Wilson (Dolichoderinae) and 23 scale insects is also presented and the significance of these specimens in Dominican amber is discussed"--P. [1]. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, NY : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 3335 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.3335, 2001 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Acropyga. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Azteca. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Mealybugs. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Symbiosis. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ants -- French Guiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Scale insects -- French Guiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Insects -- French Guiana. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ants, Fossil -- Dominican Republic. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Electromyrmococcus. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Insects, Fossil -- Dominican Republic. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Amber fossils -- Dominican Republic. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Paleontology -- Miocene -- Dominican Republic. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Paleontology -- Dominican Republic. en_US
dc.title Acropyga and Azteca ants (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) with scale insects (Sternorrhyncha, Coccoidea) : 20 million years of symbiosis. American Museum novitates ; no. 3335 en_US
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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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