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Acromyrmex octospinosus (Leafcutter ant)

Synonyms: Atta octospinosa

Wikipedia Abstract

Acromyrmex octospinosus is a species of New World ants of the subfamily Myrmicinae of the genus Acromyrmex. It is found in the wild naturally in Central America ranging from southern Mexico down to Panama; and across northern South America in Venezuela.Foundresses of the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex octospinosus forage for leaves as garden substrate (semi-claustral foundation). The fungal pellet and substrate usually are attached to rootlets, which are used as a platform for the garden.
View Wikipedia Record: Acromyrmex octospinosus


Invasive Species

Leaf cutting ants Acromyrmex octospinosus are regarded as serious pests of crops. In the wild, they are a threat to many species of native plants thaat are vulnerable to defoliation.
View ISSG Record: Acromyrmex octospinosus

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
Tierpark Dählhölzli
Twycross Zoo
West Midland Safari & Leisure Park Ltd
Whipsnade Wild Animal Park
Zoo Hannover GmbH
Zoological Society of London



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