Myrmecocystus

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Myrmecocystus
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Myrmecocystus sp.
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Myrmecocystus

Wesmael, 1838
Type species
Myrmecocystus mexicanus
Wesmael, 1838
Diversity[1]
29 species
Synonyms

Endiodioctes Snelling, 1976
Eremnocystus Snelling, 1976

Myrmecocystus is a North American genus of ants in the subfamily Formicinae. It is one of five genera that includes honeypot ants.[2] Worker ants keep and tend plerergates, which are other ants that store large quantities of nutritious fluid in their abdomens to feed the colony during famine times.[citation needed]. Some species engage in highly territorial tournaments, which can result in intraspecific slavery.[3] During the raids, they carry off larvae, workers, and plerergates.[4]

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  1. ^ Bolton, B. (2014). "Myrmecocystus". AntCat. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
  2. ^ Morgan, R. Biology, husbandry and display of the diurnal honey ant Myrmecocystus mendax Wheeler (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Archived 2010-07-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Kronauer, D. J. C.; Gadau, J.; Hölldobler, B. (2003). "Genetic Evidence for Intra- and Interspecific Slavery in Honey Ants (Genus Myrmecocystus)". Proceedings: Biological Sciences. 270 (1517): 805–810. JSTOR 3558609.
  4. ^ "Honey Ant War Games End in Slavery". Science News. 109 (23/24): 358. 1976. JSTOR 3960982.

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