attine ant

at·tine ant

[From New Latin Attīnī, tribe name, from Atta, type genus of the tribe, perhaps from Latin atta, one who walks only on the front of the foot because of a defect, toe-walker (perhaps in reference to the long slender legs of fungus-growing ants), or from Greek and Latin atta, father (used as a term of respect for older men).]
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Unraveling Trichoderma species in the attine ant environment: description of three new taxa.
The adaptiveness of worker demography in the attine ant Trachymyrmex septentrionalis.
Revisionary studies on the attine ant genus Trachymyrmex Forel.
Schultz and Rudolf Meier examined and categorized 51 attine ant species.
Attine ants have most likely been using natural product antibiotics for as long as they have been farming fungi--more than 50 million years.
Comparative deterrency of two terpenoids to two genera of attine ants. Journal of Chemical Ecology 15: 2279-2288.
Fungiculture and the choice of substrates by attine ants. Pp.
This paper measures species coexistence for attine ants in Santa Catarina Island.
Instead, Rehner and Chapela took genetic samples from fungi isolated from the nests of 19 species of attine ants. Then they compared those genes with the DNA of free-living fungi not tended by the ants.