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Aztec ants on Cecropia - Barro Colorado Panama ; The Aztec ants live in association with a fast growing tree, the Cecropia. The hollow trunk of Cecropia allows ants to install and it secret at the base of its leaves nectar that feeds them. In return, the ants protect the tree aztec against climbing plants seeking support and herbivores. A fine example of cooperation.

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Environment / Biodiversity management / Environment management / Environment protection / Natural Reserve

Organism / Morphology / Morphology (zoology) / Worker (zoology)

Species / Relation between species / Mutualism

America / Central America / Panama / Barro Colorado Natural Monument

Animal / Wild animal / Insect / Hymenoptere / Ant / Ant (Azteca sp)

Flora / Urticales order / Moraceae family / Cecropia (Cecropia sp)


Area / Forest / Tropical forest / Tropical rainforest

Organism / Morphology / Morphological adaptation

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Organism / Morphology / Morphology (botany) / Nervure

Shot / Macrophotography

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Organism / Morphology / Morphology (botany) / Leaf

Enumeration / Group

Area / Forest / Undergrowth

Species / Species particularity / Myrmecophily

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Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Protostomia / Articulata / Arthropoda / Tracheata / Antennata / Hexapoda / Insecta / Hymenoptera / Aculeata / Vespoidea / Formicidae / Azteca

Eukaryota / Archaeplastida / Chlorobionta / Embryophyta / Tracheophyta / Spermatophyta / Phanerogamae / Angiospermae / Dicotyledoneae / Urticales / Moraceae / Cecropia

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