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Atta sexdens (leaf cutter ant)

Wikipedia Abstract

Atta sexdens is a species of leafcutter ant belonging to the tribe Attini, native to the New World, from the southern United States (Texas) to northern Argentina. They are absent from Chile. They cut leaves to provide a substrate for the fungus farms which are their principal source of food. Their societies are among the most complex found in social insects. A. sexdens is an ecologically important species, but also an agricultural pest. Other Atta species, such as Atta texana, Atta cephalotes and others, have similar behavior and ecology.
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Diet [1]  Herbivore, Mycophage
Nocturnal [1]  Yes


Prey / Diet

Leucoagaricus gongylophorus[2]


Eciton burchellii (army ant)[2]
Elanoides forficatus (Swallow-tailed Kite)[3]
Myrmecophaga tridactyla (Giant Anteater)[2]
Thecadactylus rapicauda (Turniptail Gecko)[2]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Budapest Zool.& Botanical Garden
Fundacao Parque Zoologico de Sao Paulo

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Animals of the Rainforest
3del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
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