What is it about?

High-resolution supermagnified images of Brazilian leaf cutter ants are shown all over this paper. The larvae are covered with fungal hyphae, and the mouthparts of leaf-cutting ants are unique among ants. Details of all instars and developmental stages are described in minute details.

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Why is it important?

We urgently need species-specific highly detailed descriptions of every relevant ant in this planet, if we really wish to claim they're being decently studied for control and biology. This is unfortunately a neglected line of research, wherein we're attempting to contribute as best as possible.


I am looking forwards for doing similar studies with related species, particularly controversial species (e.g. Atta robusta) and intricate groups (Tanaemyrmex). There's a lot we don't know there, just waiting for the moment somebody will shed a light.

Dr Eduardo G P Fox

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This page is a summary of: On the morphology of the worker immatures of the leafcutter ant Atta sexdens linnaeus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), Microscopy Research and Technique, March 2012, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/jemt.22031.
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