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Mystrium voeltzkowi

Mystrium voeltzkowi

Mystrium voeltzkowi has an unusual caste system. These ants are dimorphic, with a small red caste that appears to work mostly in the brood nest and a larger, dark caste that performs most of the foraging and guarding of the nest. Interestingly, the ants that perform as reproductive queens are drawn from the smaller caste. Madagascar.

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