Small Fungus-Growing Ants

Official Name

Cyphomyrmex

Size

8-12 mm

Color

Dark Brown/Orange

Geographical Location

Found in Central and South America.

Common Household Location

Kitchen and Pantry

Identifying Characteristics

  • Cyphomyrmex workers and females are easily recognized, as the frontal carinae form a shield on the dorsum of the head, which covers most of the head.

Official Name

Cyphomyrmex

Size

8-12 mm

Color

Dark Brown/Orange

Geographical Location

Found in Central and South America.

Common Household Location

Kitchen and Pantry

Identifying Characteristics

  • Cyphomyrmex workers and females are easily recognized, as the frontal carinae form a shield on the dorsum of the head, which covers most of the head.

Notes

The fungus-growing ants (tribe Attini) comprise all the known fungus-growing ant species participating in ant-fungus mutualism. Leafcutter ants, including Atta and Acromyrmex, make up two of the genera.