Pheidole breviseta

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Pheidole breviseta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. breviseta
Binomial name
Pheidole breviseta
Santschi, 1919

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Specimen Labels

This species is only known from type specimens. Nothing is known about its biology.

Identification

A medium-sized species with mesonotal convexity similar to Pheidole lignicola of Argentina, Paraguay, and southern Brazil. Concolorous medium yellow. Major: distinguished by its smooth occiput, cornulate postpetiole, relatively short pilosity, and yellow color. (Wilson 2003)

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Only known from the type locality.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina (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.

  • breviseta. Pheidole flavens st. breviseta Santschi, 1919f: 39 (w.) ARGENTINA. Santschi, 1923d: 60 (s.). Raised to species: Santschi, 1923d: 60. See also: Wilson, 2003: 384.

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): DIAGNOSIS A medium-sized species with mesonotal convexity similar to Pheidole lignicola of Argentina, Paraguay, and southern Brazil.

Major: distinguished by its smooth occiput, cornulate postpetiole, relatively short pilosity, and yellow color.

Color Major and minor: concolorous medium yellow.

Measurements(mm) Lectotype major: HW 0.92, HL 0.94, SL 0.42, EL 0.12, PW 0.46. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.42, HL 0.46, SL 0.38, EL 0.06, PW 0.26.


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Figure. Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.


Type Material

Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel

Type Locality Information

ARGENTINA: Alta Gracia, Córdova. (Wilson 2003)

Etymology

L breviseta, short-haired. (Wilson 2003)

References

  • Santschi, F. 1919f. Nouveaux formicides de la République Argentine. An. Soc. Cient. Argent. 87: 37-57 (page 39, worker described)
  • Santschi, F. 1923d. Pheidole et quelques autres fourmis néotropiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 63: 45-69 (page 60, soldier described)
  • Santschi, F. 1923d. Pheidole et quelques autres fourmis néotropiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 63: 45-69 (page 60, raised to species)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, [ix] + 794 pp.: 794pp (page 384, fig. major, minor described)

Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. Text and images from this publication used by permission of the author.