Pheidole agricola

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Pheidole agricola
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. agricola
Binomial name
Pheidole agricola
Wilson, 2003

The colony was found in an agricultural field created by clear-cutting and burning. (Wilson 2003)

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Only known from the type locality.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Mexico (type locality).

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • agricola. Pheidole agricola Wilson, 2003: 556, figs. (s.w.) MEXICO.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

DIAGNOSIS A distinctive member of the pilifera group recognizable by the following combination of traits.

Major: reddish yellow, medium-sized; with dense, very long, erect to suberect pilosity on the dorsal surface of the body; prominent, broad semicircular notch in anterior clypeal border; relatively long, thin propodeal spines, faintly bilobed pronotal profile in dorsal-oblique view; carinulae confined on head to the anterior third, and elsewhere to the anterior half of the pronotal dorsum; rest of body smooth and shiny.

Minor: light brown; pilosity of dorsal surface of body abundant, very long, and erect to suberect; propodeal spines reduced to denticles; body almost completely smooth and shiny.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.18, HL 1.38, SL 0.66, EL 0.16, PW 0.54. Paratype minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.60, SL 0.60, EL 0.12, PW 0.34.

COLOR Major: concolorous reddish yellow.

Minor: concolorous light brown.


Pheidole agricola Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

Museum of Comparative Zoology

Type Locality Information

MEXICO: 24 km southwest of Cintalpa, Chiapas, 710 m, col. William P. MacKay.

Etymology

L agricola, field-dweller, referring to the collection site of the type series.

References