The type series was collected by Philip S. Ward from a termite nest in savanna. (Wilson 2003)
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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Only known from the type locality.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- bison. Pheidole bison Wilson, 2003: 665, figs. (s.w.) BOLIVIA.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Major: promesonotum a single massive piece, its dorsal border forming a single convexity that drops vertically at the rear to the metanotum; head entirely covered with longitudinal carinulae except for frontal triangle and central section of clypeus; space between eye and antennal fossa rugoreticulate; petiolar node in side view tapered apically to a blunt point; postpetiolar node from above trapezoidal.
Minor: almost all of head and mesosoma foveolate and opaque; irregular broken rugulae present on posterior dorsal head surface; propodeal spines reduced to denticles; occiput broad, weakly concave.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.26, HL 1.30, SL 0.76, EL 0.12, PW 0.60. Paratype minor: HW 0.62, HL 0.64, SL 0.64, EL 0.08, PW 0.44.
COLOR Major: head dark reddish brown, rest of body medium reddish brown, appendages light reddish brown.
Minor: concolorous brownish yellow.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
BOLIVIA: La Games, Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado, Santa Cruz, 14°48'S 60°23'W, 700 m, col. Philip S. Ward. Museum of Comparative Zoology
L Gr bison, the wisent (European bison), alluding to the massive humped back of the major.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 665, fig. major, minor described)