Pheidole albipes

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

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Specimen labels

At the type locality, in degraded lowland forest, I found two colonies nesting in small rotting tree branches in the ground leaf litter, and another colony under the bark of a large rotten log. (Wilson 2003)

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Southern Mexico: known from several lowland forested localities in Veracruz, and from forest 7 km south of Valle Nacional, Oaxaca, at 450 m. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Minor

Major

Nomenclature

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

  • albipes. Pheidole albipes Wilson, 2003: 367, 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

A small, strikingly colored species of the flavens group, similar in various traits to Pheidole alticola, Pheidole chalca, Pheidole ebenina, Pheidole euryscopa, Pheidole lustrata, Pheidole monteverdensis, Pheidole palenquensisand Pheidole servilia, differing as follows.

Major: reddish brown with strongly contrasting pale yellow tibiae and tarsi, and head bicolorous; region between eye and occipital border irregularly rugoreticulate, occipital margins and center of clypeus smooth and shiny, and rest of dorsal surface of head carinulate; almost all of mesosoma smooth and shiny; humerus subangulate in dorsal-oblique view; postpetiole diamond-shaped from above.

Minor: almost all of head and body smooth and shiny; occiput broad and strongly concave; humerus subdenticulate in dorsal-oblique view.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.60, HL 0.64, SL 0.38, EL 0.10, PW 0.34. Paratype minor: HW 0.38, HL 0.40, SL 0.36, EL 0.06, PW 0.24.

COLOR Major: body, coxae, and femora medium reddish brown; head anterior to eyes yellow; antennae, tibiae, and tarsi pale yellow.

Minor: head and body medium brown; coxae and femora light brown; antennae, tibiae, and tarsi very pale yellow, almost white.


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

Type Material

MEXICO: Pueblo Nuevo, near Tetzonapa, Veracruz, col. E. O. Wilson. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

L albipes, white-footed.

References