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Acromyrmex echinatior

Acromyrmex echinatior

A leafcutter worker with Actinomyces bacteria on its chest. The bacteria are thought to produce antibiotics protecting the ants' fungus garden from infection. Panama; Laboratory colony at the University of Wisconsin at Madison

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