Acromyrmex - Alex Wild Photography
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Acromyrmex sp. cf. octospinosus

Acromyrmex sp. cf. octospinosus

This worker of Acromyrmex sp. cf. octospinosus is a "sheep"- an individual covered in the furry chains of Actinomyces bacteria. The bacteria are considered beneficial to the ants, as they produce an antibiotic thought to protect the fungus garden from infection. Panama; Laboratory colony at the University of Wisconsin at Madison

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