Pheidole beloceps

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

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Specimen Labels

Found in leaf litter of lowland rainforest; workers were attracted to baits (Longino 1997).

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Costa Rica.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Costa Rica (type locality), Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua.

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.

  • beloceps. Pheidole beloceps Wilson, 2003: 376, figs. (s.w.) COSTA RICA.

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

Description

A small, yellow species whose major has an elongated head, the dorsal surface of which, with the exception of the mid-clypeus and frontal triangle, is completely foveolate and opaque; the rest of the cephalic sculpturing comprising longitudinal carinulae confined to the anterior half of the capsule; antennal scrobe absent; thick long, vertical propodeal spines are present, thin tips turning slightly forward in side view; small, subangulate mesonotal convexity present, and postpetiolar node conulate.

Similar to Pheidole charazana, Pheidole longinoi, Pheidole neolongiceps and Pheidole prolixa, but differing from each in various combinations of the above traits, and other traits, as illustrated.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.74, HL 0.96, SL 0.30, EL 0.06, PW 0.42. Paratype minor: HW 0.40, HL 0.48, SL 0.36, EL 0.04, PW 0.26.

COLOR Major: body dark yellow, appendages medium yellow.

Minor: concolorous medium yellow.


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

Holotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

COSTA RICA: 4 km east of Turrialba, Cartago, 550 m, col. J. T. Longino. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Gr beloceps, arrow-headed, referring to the elongate and vertically thin head capsule.

References