Pheidole azteca

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

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of azteca.

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).

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.

  • azteca. Pheidole azteca Wilson, 2003: 558, 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 member of the pilifera group, close to Pheidole hamtoni of Mexico but distinguished from it and other species of the group by the following combination of traits. Both major and minor medium reddish yellow.

Major: head capsule in full-face view quadrate, as broad as long; hypostoma with only 2 teeth; propodeal spine reduced to a thick denticle; postpetiolar node from above diamond-shaped, with right-angular lateral margins; pilosity erect and very dense; a patch of rugoreticulum present between each eye and the nearest antennal fossa.

Minor: propodeal spines reduced to rudimentary broad denticles, not even apparent in side view; occiput broad, lacking nuchal collar.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.34, HL 1.34, SL 1.14, EL 0.22, PW 0.72. Paratype minor: HW 0.72, HL 0.82, SL 1.02, EL 0.20, PW 0.46.

COLOR Major and minor: body medium yellow with very slight reddish tinge, except for gaster, which is plain pale yellow.


Pheidole azteca Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Paratype Specimen Labels

Type Material

MEXICO: San Jeronimo, Mexico City, col. W. Lopez-Forment. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Named after the ancient Amerindian empire that embraced the type locality.

References