Springtails (Collembola) Associated with Nests of Fungus-Growing Ants (Formicidae: Myrmicinae: Attini) in Southern Bahia, Brazil

Gabriela Castaño-Meneses, José G. Palacios-Vargas, Jacques H.C. Delabie, Douglas Zeppelini, Cléa S.F. Mariano
2017 Florida Entomologist  
Four species of Collembola were found in nests of the ant genera Myrmicocrypta, Trachymyrmex and Sericomyrmex of the tribe Attini (Formicidae: Myrmicinae). The panmyrmecophilic collembolan Cyphoderus (Lepidocyrtidae: Cyphoderinae) was the most abundant and was associated with all the ants. The collembolan genus Mucrosomia (Isotomidae: Anurophorinae) was found for the first time in ant nests. This is the first list of springtails found in nests of fungus-growing ants other than those belonging
more » ... n those belonging to the genera Atta and Acromyrmex (Formicidae: Myrmicinae).
doi:10.1653/024.100.0421 fatcat:estptqtjrrbulfvuo4l4frx46u