A New Myrmecophile from the Mushroom Gardens of the Texan Leaf-Cutting Ant

  title={A New Myrmecophile from the Mushroom Gardens of the Texan Leaf-Cutting Ant},
  author={William Morton . Wheeler},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  pages={851 - 862}
  • W. M. Wheeler
  • Published 1 November 1900
  • History
  • The American Naturalist
ON the ioth of April last, with the assistance of Messrs. A. L. Melander and C. T. Brues, I excavated a large nest of leatcutting ants (Atta fervens Say), situated in a piece of woodland a quarter of a mile from the University of Texas. The large burrows, nearly an inch in diameter, were found to extend down to a depth of from three to five feet and to open into large chambers, some of which were fully ten inches across and five to eight inches high. A few of these chambers were traversed by… 

Dispersal of Attaphila fungicola, a symbiotic cockroach of leaf-cutter ants

Observations accumulated from field and laboratory studies suggest that A. fungicola may not remain with foundresses, but instead disperse between established colonies through one or more alternative mechanisms, which helps elucidate a tripartite ant-fungus-cockroach interaction.

Revision of the genus Attaphila (Blattodea: Blaberoidea), myrmecophiles living in the mushroom gardens of leaf-cutting ants

The molecular result of Attaphila being closest to three particular blattellid genera, however, is conflictual from the morphological perspective, and the morphology of the male genitalia places the genus in the Blaberoidea.

Chemical disguise of myrmecophilous cockroaches and its implications for understanding nestmate recognition mechanisms in leaf-cutting ants

The U-present nestmate recognition model is tested, which assumes that detection of undesirable cues leads to strong rejection of the cue-bearers, while absence of desirable cues does not necessarily trigger aggression, and finds that the cockroach species with lower concentration of cuticular substances receives less aggression by both host species.

Parasitic cockroaches indicate complex states of earliest proved ants

New extinct cockroaches of the still living family Blattidae are reported here from the Cretaceous Myanmar amber and are the earliest known inhabitants of complex ant nests, demonstrating that this specialised myrmecophily originated shortly after ant eusociality and appeared in the fossil record.


We report the discovery of individuals of the cockroach Attaphila fungicola within nests of the leaf-cutting ant, Atta cephalotes, for the first time in Colombia. The study was conducted in 35 nests

Antennal cropping during colony foundation in termites

It is suggested that controlled antennal cropping is not only a normal part of their behavioral repertoire but also a key influence that changes the conduct and physiology of the royal pair during the initial stages of colony foundation.

Emigrating Together but Not Establishing Together: A Cockroach Rides Ants and Leaves

In field experiments, evidence is found for female alate–vectored transmission and it is discovered that roaches use a second hitchhiking step (riding foraged plant material) to infect established colonies and shows that colony development can be an important selection pressure on transmission.

The early life of a leaf‐cutter ant colony constrains symbiont vertical transmission and favors horizontal transmission

Contrary to traditional assumptions, results indicate that roaches harm incipient gardens and predominantly use horizontal transmission between established leaf‐cutter colonies.

Étude morphologique de la Blatte myrmécophileAttaphila fungicola Wheeler

The highly-developed ariolum enables the females to attach themselves firmly toAtta queens during swarming and allows the species to be widely distributed.

Die gäste und gastverhältnisse der blattschneiderameise Atta sexdens L.

  • H. Eidmann
  • Biology
    Zeitschrift für Morphologie und Ökologie der Tiere
  • 2004
Seite Einleitung : Material und Methoden, Geschiehtliches, Betrachtungen fiber die GastverhMtnisse, Zusammenfassung der Ergebnisse.



Cerci with a very clearly circumscribed, linear white spot on the dorsal surface

    5-3 mm. Resembling the female, except in the smaller size and the distinctly lighter color