Pheidole atticola

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Pheidole atticola
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. atticola
Binomial name
Pheidole atticola
Forel, 1912

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Specimen Labels

The type colony was found in a nest of the large leafcutter ant Acromyrmex lundii; no further data were given by the collector.

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Known only from the type locality.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Minor

Nomenclature

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

  • atticola. Pheidole nana r. atticola Forel, 1912f: 236 (s.w.) ARGENTINA. Raised to species: Wilson, 2003: 375.

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

Description

Similar in various traits to Pheidole alacris, Pheidole dinophila, Pheidole hazenae, Pheidole lucaris, Pheidole nana, and Pheidole ulothrix, distinguished as follows.

Major: propodeal spine more than half as long as propodeal basal face, and curving slightly backward; pronotum covered by curving carinulae, some of which are semicircular; hypostoma 2-toothed; mesonotal convexity present although low and indistinct; postpetiole from above elliptical.

Minor: broken carinulae extend from frontal lobes to occiput; propodeal spine nearly half as long as propodeal basal face, and curing forward; occiput narrowed, with weakly convex border, and lacking nuchal collar.

Measurements (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.04, HL 1.02, SL 0.56, EL 0.12, PW 0.48. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.54, SL 0.52, EL 0.10, PW 0.32.

Color Major: head and appendages light reddish yellow; rest of body light reddish brown. Minor: body light brownish yellow, appendages clear medium yellow.

Type Material

Argentina: La Plata, Buenos Aires. Museum of Comparative Zoology - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

L. atticola, living with Atta (leafcutter ants).

References

  • Forel, A. 1912g. Formicides néotropiques. Part III. 3me sous-famille Myrmicinae (suite). Genres Cremastogaster et Pheidole. Mém. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 19: 211-237 (page 236, soldier, worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 375, Raised to species: new status, fig. major, minor described)