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Cyphomyrmex are small, cryptic fungus-growing ants.  They are among the most commonly encountered of the smaller attine ants. Cyphomyrmex fungus gardens are unusual in that the fungi do not grow as a white, mycelial mass as they do in most other attine gardens but as a yeast.  Gardens are fed with the feces of Lepidopteran larvae and are often built on a substrate of beetle elytra.

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Cyphomyrmex rimosus

Cyphomyrmex rimosus

Cyphomyrmex salvini


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