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Bring Out Your Dead! - Cyphomyrmex rimosus

Bring Out Your Dead! - Cyphomyrmex rimosus
Okeechobee County, Florida, USA
April 2, 2006
Just messing around when I took these images.
Did not plan on posting until I blew up on computer and realized how unusual they look.
Unfortunately, these are the only halfway decent images I have.

Moved
Moved from Cyphomyrmex.

Attini
They are ants in the tribe of leafcutters (Attini), but not the genus Atta. Not sure which genera of fungus-growing ants live in Florida, sorry.

 
Thanks.
I am going to try and get some high quality images of these ants.
At least I have a starting point now for possible ID.

 
Cyphomyrmex sp. (Attini) - workers
Eric found out the starting point, allowing a bit narrower ID.
As relatively high level of magnification makes up for the lack of sharpness, two essential features are visible: first, "warty" (rather than spiny) and hairless cuticle, and second, thick, parallel-sided (from above) petiolus and postpetiolus.
These criteria leave only Cyphomyrmex at the genus level. Now, I ignore whether several species are present in Florida.

 
Thank
you for the help, Richard.

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