Pheidole bruchi

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Pheidole bruchi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. bruchi
Binomial name
Pheidole bruchi
Forel, 1914

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of bruchi.

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Kempf (1972b) lists bruchi from Buenos Aires, Córdova, Misiones, Salta, and Tucumán in Argentina. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina (type locality), Paraguay.

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • bruchi. Pheidole bruchi Forel, 1914d: 274 (s.w.) ARGENTINA. See also: Wilson, 2003: 668.

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 Known to me only from a syntype minor, as illustrated (syntype majors could not be located in the Forel Collection). Closest to and possibly the same as Pheidole ambigua (q.v.). Distinguished in the minor caste by the sparse pilosity; propodeal spines reduced to denticles; narrowed occiput with nuchal collar; and the pattern of sculpturing, including the absence of carinulae on the mesosoma.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Syntype minor: HW 0.54, HL 0.66, SL 0.74, EL 0.12, PW 0.34.

COLOR Minor: concolorous medium brown, appendages a slightly contrasting yellowish brown.


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Figure. Syntype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

ARGENTINA: Rosário de la Frontera, Salta. Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève minors only, syntype majors could not be located - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

Named in honor of the Argentine entomologist Carlos Bruch. (Wilson 2003)

References

  • Forel, A. 1914d. Formicides d'Afrique et d'Amérique nouveaux ou peu connus. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 50: 211-288 (page 274, soldier, worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 668, fig. minor described)