Domain: Eukarya

M. mexicanus are eukaryotic multicellular organisms. The cells of this organism contain a true nucleus containing its DNA.

Kingdom: Animalia

M. mexicanus fits into the kingdom animalia for several reasons it is a heterotroph which ingests its food before digesting its food. It is also very motile. It has a circulatory system and a digestive system, which make up its transport system.

Phylum: Arthropoda

M. mexicanus falls into this phylum because it has a chitin exoskeleton, as well as a segmented body and jointed legs. This phylum includes crustaceans, insects and arachnids. Arthropods have an open circulatory system. Some other fasicnating animal in the phylum arthropoda are the hobo spider and the giant red velvet mite.

Class: Insecta

M. mexicanus falls into the class insecta because they have chitin exoskeletons, a three part body, the sets of jointed legs, compound eyes and one pair of antennae. Another insect that you may be familiar with which has a page  is the Common Grasshopper.

Order: Hymenoptera

M. mexicanus falls into this order because it is an ant. This order contains all wasps, bees and ants.

Family: Formicidae

Formicidae is the family that all ants belong to. Some other interesting ant species in this family are the army ant and the theif ant.        

Subfamily: Formicinae

M. mexicanus falls into the subfamily formicinae because it feeds principally on nectar and other plant fluids.

Genus: Myrmecocystus

This is the genus of honeypot ants. There are six species of Myrmecocystus which include: depilis, flaviceps, mendax, mexicanus, mimicus, and navajo. The worker ants of this genus collect and store repleates in their abdoments to bring back to the nest. The repleates are stored in chambers of the nests for later use.

Species: mexicanus

Mexicanus is the species name of the honeypot ant. The Honeypot Ant is known for it's swollen repleats, which collect and store food for the nest.


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