Comprehensive Description

Taxonomic History

Oecodoma mexicana Smith, 1858a PDF: 185, pl. 10, fig. 20 (q.m.) MEXICO. AntCat AntWiki

Taxonomic history

Norton, 1868c PDF: 9 (s.w.).
Combination in Atta: Roger, 1863b PDF: 35; in Atta (Archeatta): Gonçalves, 1942 PDF: 343.
Junior synonym of Atta fervens: Forel, 1885a PDF: 362.
Revived from synonymy as subspecies of Atta insularis: Emery, 1913c PDF: 259.
Revived status as species: Gonçalves, 1942 PDF: 335.
See also: Borgmeier, 1959b: 351.
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Atta mexicana

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Atta mexicana

Atta mexicana is a species of leaf-cutter ant, a New World ant of the subfamily Myrmicinae of the genus Atta. This species is from one of the two genera of advanced attines (fungus-growing ants) within the tribe Attini.


The queen is approximately 30 mm long, and dark brown. Workers are dark brown, with thorns. Soldiers grow up to 18 mm, and are well-fortified.[2]


A. mexicana is found in Mexico, and crosses into Arizona, United States.[3]

This species is highly adaptive, and thrives in such urban areas as Puerto Vallarta. Densities of A. mexicana nests are very high in numerous areas, including the resort community of Nuevo Vallarta.[4]


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Further reading[edit]

  • San Juan A and H Li (2005). Atta mexicana in the resort community of Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Notes from Underground 11(1).


  1. ^ "Species: Atta mexicana". AntWeb. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  2. ^ http://www.ants-kalytta.com/Atta-mexicana.en.html
  3. ^ Authorman, John (1999), Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions, Publishinghouse, ISBN 978-0-520-26199-0 ISBN 0-520-26199-2, p. 170
  4. ^ http://www.blueboard.com/nfu/behavioral_plasticity.htm
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