Pheidole blumenauensis

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Pheidole blumenauensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. blumenauensis
Binomial name
Pheidole blumenauensis
Kempf, 1964

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Specimen Labels

Synonyms

Nothing is known about the biology of blumenauensis.

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: Brazil (type locality).

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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.

  • diligens. Pheidole diligens Santschi, 1923d: 50 (s.w.) BRAZIL. [Junior secondary homonym of diligens Smith, above.] Replacement name: blumenauensis Kempf, 1964e: 64.
  • blumenauensis. Pheidole blumenauensis Kempf, 1964e: 64. Replacement name for Pheidole diligens Santschi, 1923d: 50. [Junior secondary homonym of Atta diligens Smith, F. 1858b: 168.] See also: Wilson, 2003: 171.

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

Description

From Wilson (2003): A small, reddish brown member of the diligens group, whose major has a moderately prominent mesonotal convexity, which is part of a bilobed promesonotal outline as seen in dorsal-oblique view; short, nearly equilaterally triangular propodeal spines; overall mostly smooth and shiny body surface with sculpturing on the head composed exclusively of longitudinal carinulae confined to the anterior half; and abundant, medium-length, erect pilosity.

Close to Pheidole rochai and Pheidole vafra, but differing variously in head shape, eye size, sculpturing, and color. See also the less similar Pheidole lemur, Pheidole perryorum, Pheidole pubiventris, Pheidole seeldrayersi and Pheidole variegata (= Pheidole pubiventris), as illustrated.

Minor: virtually identical to that of Pheidole rochai, as illustrated (q.v.).

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 0.96, HL 1.00, SL 0.78, EL 0.20, PW 0.54. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.64, SL 0.78, EL 0.16, PW 0.38.

COLOR Major: concolorous reddish brown.

Minor: body light brown, appendages brownish yellow.


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Figure. Lectotype, major. The minor is nearly identical to that of Pheidole rochai Scale bars = 1 mm.

Lectotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

BRAZIL: Blumenau, Santa Catarina. (q.v.). Naturhistorisches Museum Basel - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

L blumenauensis, after the type locality. (Wilson 2003)

References

  • Kempf, W. W. 1964e. Miscellaneous studies on Neotropical ants. III. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Stud. Entomol. 7: 45-71 (page 64, replacement name for Pheidole diligens)
  • Santschi, F. 1923d. Pheidole et quelques autres fourmis néotropiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 63: 45-69 (page 50, replaced name Pheidole diligens)
  • Smith, F. 1858a. Catalogue of hymenopterous insects in the collection of the British Museum. Part VI. Formicidae. London: British Museum, 216 pp. (page 168, junior secondary homonym of Atta diligens)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 171, fig. major, minor described)