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Characteristics

The Attini share the following synapomorphy with the Blepharidattini (Bolton 2003):
  • Anterior clypeal margin with a broad anteclypeal apron or flange that fits tightly over basal margins of mandibles at an angle to outline of clypeus; anteclypeal apron of a different sculpture/texture from median portion of clypeus
In addition, the Attini have the following apomorphies:
  • Median clypeal seta arises from below level of other setae
  • Frontal lobes broad, with strongly convex outer margins that are constricted or pinched-in posteriorly
  • Larvae with leg vestiges represented by open integumental slits, with short and narrow labrum, and fleshy, subconical, nearly straight mandibles
  • Cultivate fungi (yeast or mycelium)

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