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Leptanillinae is a subfamily of ants. They are further divided into the tribes Anomalomyrmini and Leptanillini.

Leptanillinae
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Leptanilla swani female and worker
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Leptanillinae

Emery, 1910
Type genus
Leptanilla
Emery, 1870
Diversity[1]
6 genera (50-60 species)

In all Leptanillini, the larvae feed their hemolymph to the queen through specialized processes on their prothoraces and third abdominal segments.[2] This behavior resembles that of the unrelated Adetomyrma, also called Dracula ants, which pierce their larvae to obtain body fluids.[citation needed]

At least Leptanilla and Phaulomyrma are minute, yellow, blind ants that live below the surface.[citation needed]

DistributionEdit

The Leptanillinae are mainly spread out in tropical and warm temperate regions in Europe and Australian regions.[3]

SystematicsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bolton, B. (2015). "Leptanillinae". AntCat. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  2. ^ Tree of Life Web Project. 2004. Leptanillini. Version 21 October 2004 (temporary). In: The Tree of Life Web Project
  3. ^ Xu, Zhenghui (2017). "The northern-most record of Leptanillinae in China with description of Protanilla beijingensis sp nov (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)". 9 – via Science Citation. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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