Latin Name: Atta sexdens. Trivialname: Leafcutterant. Taxonomy: Subfamily: Myrmicinae Tribe: Attini. Keeping Level: (3) through their large Space- and. Atta sexdens, along with A. cephalotes, is the most widespread member of its genus. Its northern most range is Mexico, and extends through Central America. Atta sexdens: leafcutter ant: cubic feet), a colony of A. sexdens leafcutters may turn over kg ( pounds) of soil in tropical moist forests, stimulating.

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Check data sxedens AntWeb. Foraging behavior of leaf cutting ants: How do workers search for their food? Forager ants search for adequate food sources in nature and, after their discovery, they decide whether the source is suitable or not for the colony.

To answer this question, we evaluated the distance traveled by individual workers in the search of food and the distance traveled to return to the nest, as well as the time and velocity necessary for these activities. The results showed that the distance traveled by the leaf cutting ant, Atta sexdens rubropilosain the search of food was greater than the distance traveled to return with the substrate to the colony.


On the other hand, the mean time and velocity were similar for sexdenz search and return to the colony. These results support the hypothesis of information transfer, according to which the worker needs to return to the nest at the beginning of foraging to transfer information to other workers and thus to establish the process of worker ant foraging.

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It can be concluded that workers travel large distances in a random manner until finding their substrate, but the return to the nest is efficient considering the shorter distance traveled. Nests of two Atta leafcutting ant species, Atta vollenweideri and Atta sexdens rubropilosaoccur in different soil types, alfisols and oxisols. Their queens are known to excavate the initial nest in different soil horizons, clayish and organic, respectively, which differ in their fertility and associated microbiota.

The results revealed that metapleural glands of A.

We argue that the excavation of deep founding nests in A. The seasonally flooded forest was dominated by Vochysia divergens Pohl.


Species: Atta sexdens – AntWeb

Eidmann – The springtail species Seira edmanni Stach Seiridae is known from nests of this ant. The following information is derived from Barry Bolton’s New General Cataloguea catalogue of the world’s ants.

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