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Scientific classification
Domain: Bacteria
Phylum: Actinobacteria
Class: Actinobacteria
Order: Actinomycetales
Family: Pseudonocardiaceae
Genus: Pseudonocardia
Henssen, 1957 (Approved Lists 1980)[1]

Pseudonocardia is the type genus of the bacteria family Pseudonocardiaceae. Members of this genus have been found living mutualistically on the cuticle of the leafcutter ants[2] because the bacteria has antibiotic properties that protect the fungus grown by the ants.[3] The bacteria may also be found in crypts on the propleural plate.



  1. ^ Pseudonocardiaceae on
  2. ^ Symbiont recognition of mutualistic bacteria by Acromyrmex leaf-cutting ants, Zhang, M.M., Poulsen, M. and Currie, C.R. (2007), International Society for Microbial Ecology, 1:313-320
  3. ^ Fungus-growing ants use antibiotic-producing bacteria to control garden parasites, Currie, C.R., Scott S.A., Summerbell R.C., and David M. (1999), Nature, 398:701-704

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