Overview

Comprehensive Description

Characteristics

The Cephalotini share the following synapomorphies with Cataulacus (Bolton 2003):
  • Abdominal segment III with tergosternal fusion
  • Tergite of abdominal segment IV hypertrophied, comprising entire dorsum of gaster in dorsal view
  • Ileum dilated and thickened to accommodate microorganisms
In addition, the tribe has the following apomorphies:
  • Proventriculus mushroom-shaped, with a sclerotized cuticular framework

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Cephalotini

Cephalotini is a tribe of ants in the subfamily Myrmicinae. Although they are wingless, biologists have observed them gliding.[1] They will glide back to the trunk of their tree, which is much safer than the ground or water below. They are among a number of groups of gliding ants. They feed mainly on nectar and avian excretion.

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  1. ^ Sanders, Robert (9 February 2005). "Discovery of gliding ants shows wingless flight has arisen throughout the animal kingdom". UC Berkeley News. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  • Sanders, Robert (2005). "Discovery of gliding ants shows wingless flight has arisen throughout the animal kingdom"
  • Yurman, D. and Dominguez-Bello, M.D. (1993). "Bacteria Present in the Gut of Two Neotropical Cephalotini Ants, Cephalotes atratus and Zacryptocerus cf. pusillus, Folia Microbiologica. Vol. 38, No. 6 Springer Netherlands pp. 515-518
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