Pheidole ampla

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Pheidole ampla
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. ampla
Binomial name
Pheidole ampla
Forel, 1893

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Specimen Labels

Subspecies

Wheeler (1934): Numerous soldiers and workers taken by myself in the vicinity of (all the following from Rottnest Island) Government House (X. 21, '31), White Hill (X. 23, '31), Longreach Bay (X. 24, '31) and Nancy Cove (X. 25, '31) and by Mr. Glauert near Lake Herschel (III. 27, '32). All were nesting under stones in oven grassy places. The colonies are small or of medium size. Mr. Glauert found that this ant is a true harvester and stores its seeds in the superficial chambers of the nest. All the Rottnest specimens belong to the typical form of ampla, which was described from specimens taken by Walker on the Abrolhos (E. Wallaby Island).

Identification

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Australasian Region: Australia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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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.

  • ampla. Pheidole variabilis r. ampla Forel, 1893d: 462 (s.) AUSTRALIA. Forel, 1901e: 377 (w.q.). Raised to species: Forel, 1901e: 377. Current subspecies: nominal plus mackayensis, parviceps, perthensis.

Type Material

Description

References

  • Forel, A. 1893f. Nouvelles fourmis d'Australie et des Canaries. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 37: 454-466 (page 462, soldier described)
  • Forel, A. 1901j. Variétés myrmécologiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 45: 334-382 (page 377, worker, queen described; raised to species)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1934d. Contributions to the fauna of Rottnest Island, Western Australia. No. IX. The ants. J. R. Soc. West. Aust. 20: 137-163.