|Latin Name:||Acromymex cf. octospinosus|
|Taxonomy:||Subfamily: Myrmicinae Tribe: Attini|
|Keeping Level:||(3)through their large Space- and Foodrequirements as well as their climateconditions only for experienced antkeepers|
|Queen:||Size: 12mm Colour: orangebrown|
|Worker:||Size: 5 – 15mm Colour: orangebrown to darkbrown|
|Males:||Size: 7mm Colour: brown|
|Nutrition:||A self-cultivated fungus (Leucoagaricus gongylophorus) is grown by the workers with the leaves and flowers of Rosaceae plants and fruits. The specific protein bodies of the fungal hyphae are harvested and fed to queen and brood. The feeding of sugar or honey water is recommended.
potential foodplants are: blackberries, raspberries, roses, boxwood, elderberry, oak, lime-tree, wild wine next to apples, orange, banana, grapes in an emergency also oatflakes
It`s recommended to moisten the leaves before feeding.
The feeding of sumach leaves should be avoided at all costs, as these are toxic to the fungus.
|Airhumidity:||Arena: 40 – 70% Nestpart: 80 – 90% garbagechamber: 30 – 40%|
|Temperature:||Arena: 21 – 28°C Nestpart: 24 – 28°C|
|Nestform:||nest in soil|
|Kind of Formicaria:||Farm, Farmbasin, Basin, Framebasin, Island, Acrylcylinder|
|Formicaria size:||Size: L – XL !!! with growing of the colony a least 3 Basins for Fungus, Feeding and Garbage !!!|
|Substrate:||Farm: – Arena: Potterclay, Perlite, Humus, Sand-Loam|
|Description:||Acromyrmex cf. octospinus is a small leafcutterant from South America that cuts flowering plants in the wild.
Unlike Atta they perform long treks to their harvesting areas and need these long walks for optimal development.
|Development:||matingflight: with the first summerrains
founding: claustral with a piece of fungus from the mothercolony which is first fertilized with droppings of the Queen. A Queen can get between 8 and up to 15 years old.
colonysize: up to 20 000 Individuals
|Quantity:||one fertilized queen with fungus and workers (see selection); brood (depending on the season and development)|
|Dimensions||16,00 × 1,60 × 1,60 cm|
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