Panamanian leafcutter ant


Alias: Acromyrmex echinatior, Acromyrmex echinatior (Forel, 1899)

Top Publications

  1. Nilsson Møller S, Poulsen M, Innocent T. A Visual Guide for Studying Behavioral Defenses to Pathogen Attacks in Leaf-Cutting Ants. J Vis Exp. 2018;: pubmed publisher
    ..To do so we used an infection experiment, with sub-colonies of the leaf-cutting ant species Acromyrmex echinatior, and the most significant known pathogenic threat to the ants' fungal crop (Leucoagaricus gongylophorus), ..
  2. Larsen J, Fouks B, Bos N, d Ettorre P, Nehring V. Variation in nestmate recognition ability among polymorphic leaf-cutting ant workers. J Insect Physiol. 2014;70:59-66 pubmed publisher
    ..We hypothesized that three morphological worker castes of Acromyrmex echinatior differ in their likelihood to attack intruders, and show that major workers are more aggressive towards ..
  3. Aylward F, Currie C, Suen G. The Evolutionary Innovation of Nutritional Symbioses in Leaf-Cutter Ants. Insects. 2012;3:41-61 pubmed publisher
    ..Moreover, the genome sequences of the leaf-cutter ants Atta cephalotes and Acromyrmex echinatior have provided key insights into how this symbiosis has shaped the evolution of these ants at a genetic ..
  4. Andersen S, Yek S, Nash D, Boomsma J. Interaction specificity between leaf-cutting ants and vertically transmitted Pseudonocardia bacteria. BMC Evol Biol. 2015;15:27 pubmed publisher
    ..Panamanian Acromyrmex echinatior leaf-cutting ants primarily associate with actinomycetes of the genus Pseudonocardia...
  5. Engsontia P, Sangket U, Robertson H, Satasook C. Diversification of the ant odorant receptor gene family and positive selection on candidate cuticular hydrocarbon receptors. BMC Res Notes. 2015;8:380 pubmed publisher
    ..We annotated the Or genes from the genome sequences of two leaf-cutter ants, Acromyrmex echinatior and Atta cephalotes (385 and 376 putative functional genes, respectively)...
  6. Chérasse S, Baer B, Schiøtt M, Boomsma J. Differential immune gene expression in sperm storage organs of leaf-cutting ants. J Exp Biol. 2018;221: pubmed publisher
    ..pathway, in male accessory glands and testes and in queen bursae copulatrix and spermathecae of Acromyrmex echinatior and Atta colombica leaf-cutting ants...
  7. Armitage S, Fernández Marín H, Boomsma J, Wcislo W. Slowing them down will make them lose: a role for attine ant crop fungus in defending pupae against infections?. J Anim Ecol. 2016;85:1210-21 pubmed publisher
    ..We performed behavioural observations on brood covering in the leaf-cutting ant Acromyrmex echinatior, and we experimentally manipulated mycelial cover on pupae and exposed them to the entomopathogenic fungus ..
  8. Kooij P, Pullens J, Boomsma J, Schiøtt M. Ant mediated redistribution of a xyloglucanase enzyme in fungus gardens of Acromyrmex echinatior. BMC Microbiol. 2016;16:81 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results support the hypothesis that the ant-fungus symbiosis prioritizes access to the protein-rich contents of live plant cells and that carbohydrates are not a limiting resource. ..
  9. Liu Z, Zhou Z, Wang L, Dong W, Qiu L, Song L. The cholinergic immune regulation mediated by a novel muscarinic acetylcholine receptor through TNF pathway in oyster Crassostrea gigas. Dev Comp Immunol. 2016;65:139-148 pubmed publisher
    ..shared homology with M5 muscarinic receptor found in invertebrates including Habropoda laboriosa, Acromyrmex echinatior and Echinococcus granulosus...

More Information


  1. Liberti J, Baer B, Boomsma J. Queen reproductive tract secretions enhance sperm motility in ants. Biol Lett. 2016;12: pubmed
    ..We used in vitro experiments to show that reproductive tract secretions of Acromyrmex echinatior queens increase sperm swimming performance by at least 50% without discriminating between sperm of ..
  2. Boya P C, Fernández Marín H, Mejía L, Spadafora C, Dorrestein P, Gutierrez M. Imaging mass spectrometry and MS/MS molecular networking reveals chemical interactions among cuticular bacteria and pathogenic fungi associated with fungus-growing ants. Sci Rep. 2017;7:5604 pubmed publisher
    ..visualize the distribution of antimicrobials at the inhibition zone between bacteria associated to the ant Acromyrmex echinatior and the fungal pathogen Escovopsis sp...
  3. Monwan W, Amparyup P, Tassanakajon A. A snake-like serine proteinase (PmSnake) activates prophenoloxidase-activating system in black tiger shrimp Penaeus monodon. Dev Comp Immunol. 2017;67:229-238 pubmed publisher
    ..Sequence analysis revealed that PmSnake was closest to the AeSnake from ant Acromyrmex echinatior (53% similarity), but was quite relatively distant from other shrimp PmclipSPs...
  4. Zhang Z, Zhu S. Comparative genomics analysis of five families of antimicrobial peptide-like genes in seven ant species. Dev Comp Immunol. 2012;38:262-74 pubmed publisher
    ..Our work not only enlarges the insect AMP resource, but also sheds light on the complexity and dynamic evolution of AMPs in ants...
  5. Privman E, Wurm Y, Keller L. Duplication and concerted evolution in a master sex determiner under balancing selection. Proc Biol Sci. 2013;280:20122968 pubmed publisher
    ..These results suggest that concerted evolution plays an adaptive role in the evolution of this gene family...
  6. Zhukova M, Sapountzis P, Schiøtt M, Boomsma J. Diversity and Transmission of Gut Bacteria in Atta and Acromyrmex Leaf-Cutting Ants during Development. Front Microbiol. 2017;8:1942 pubmed publisher
    ..the transmission routes of dominant symbionts from the egg to adult stage in the leaf-cutting ants Acromyrmex echinatior and Atta cephalotes, which are both important functional herbivores in the New World tropics...