Pheidole brandaoi

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

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Specimen Labels

The type series was collected in lowland rainforest. (Wilson 2003)

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: Colombia (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.

  • brandaoi. Pheidole brandaoi Wilson, 2003: 150, figs. (s.w.) COLOMBIA.

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

Description

A unique yellow member of the diligens group similar to Pheidole perdiligens and Pheidole radoszkowskii, but distinguished from these and other species of the group as follows.

Major: with sparse pilosity on the mesosomal dorsum, including a pair of clavate hairs on the pronotum; pilosity on gastric tergites consisting of a carpet of short suberect pubescence in addition to longer erect to suberect hairs; no hairs on profile of head in full face except clypeus; mesosomal convexity very large, and subtriangular in side view; rugoreticula present between eyes and antennal fossae, and on anterior half of pronotum.

Minor: all of head, except frontal triangle, and most of mesosoma, foveolate and opaque; propodeal spines long and stout.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.96, HL 1.00, SL 0.70, EL 0.18, PW 0.52. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.66, SL 0.76, EL 0.14, PW 0.44.

COLOR Major: body and mandibles dark yellow, other appendages light yellow.

Minor: concolorous medium yellow.


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

Type Material

COLOMBIA: Mun. Buenaventura (Bajo Calima, Villa Clara), Valle, col. William L. Brown and Richard B. Root. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Named in honor of the distinguished Brazilian myrmecologist C. Roberto F. Brandão.

References