Pheidole avia

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Pheidole avia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. avia
Binomial name
Pheidole avia
Forel, 1908

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of avia.


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Only known from the type locality.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • avia. Pheidole guilelmimuelleri subsp. avia Forel, 1908c: 380 (w.) BRAZIL. Forel, 1911c: 303 (s.). Raised to species: Wilson, 2003: 659.

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


From Wilson (2003): DIAGNOSIS Similar to Pheidole antillana of the Lesser Antilles and to Pheidole bucculenta, Pheidole guilelmimuelleri and Pheidole hetschkoi of South America, as well as to Pheidole mamore of South America in the scrobifera group, but differing in the following combination of traits.

Major: very large, with sharp postpetiolar cornicles, otherwise close to the lectotype major of guilelmimuelleri (q.v.); but the minor is very distinct.

Minor: occiput and anterior fourth of head bears transverse carinulae; carinulae originating on the frontal lobes curve outward (laterad) to join the anteriormost transverse posterior carinulae; anterior half of the pronotal dorsum transversely carinulate; rest of the head and body almost entirely smooth and shiny; propodeal spines moderately long, thin, and vertical.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Paralectotype major: HW 2.34, HL 2.40, SL 1.04, EL 0.24, PW 1.12. Lectotype minor: HW 1.00, HL 1.14, SL 2.04, EL 0.24, PW 0.68.

COLOR Major: reddish yellow.

Minor: concolorous plain yellow.

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Figure. Lectotype, minor. Paralectotype major not shown; very similar to Pheidole guilelmimuelleri lectotype major (q.v.). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Lectotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

BRAZIL: Alto da Serra, São Paulo. Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève - as reported in Wilson (2003)


L avia, pertaining to birds, allusion unknown. (Wilson 2003)


  • Forel, A. 1908h. Ameisen aus Sao Paulo (Brasilien), Paraguay etc. gesammelt von Prof. Herm. v. Ihering, Dr. Lutz, Dr. Fiebrig, etc. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 58: 340-418 (page 380, worker described)
  • Forel, A. 1911e. Ameisen des Herrn Prof. v. Ihering aus Brasilien (Sao Paulo usw.) nebst einigen anderen aus Südamerika und Afrika (Hym.). Dtsch. Entomol. Z. 1911: 285-312 (page 303, soldier described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 659, Raised to species: new status, fig. major, minor described)