Pheidole bulliceps

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

The types were attracted to a tuna bait. (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: Ecuador (type locality).

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • bulliceps. Pheidole bulliceps Wilson, 2003: 671, figs. (s.w.) ECUADOR.

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

Description

DIAGNOSIS A large member of the tristis group, similar to Pheidole rotundiceps, less so to Pheidole pepo, Pheidole sphaerica and Pheidole subsphaerica, distinguished by the following traits in the major: head capsule in full-face view roughly circular in outline; extensive patches ofrugoreticulum present mesad and laterad to the eye; most of remainder of head longitudinally carinulate, with carinulae just laterad to the frontal carinae turning outward; central zone of occiput smooth and shiny; almost all of propodeum carinulate.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 2.28, HL 2.24, SL 1.20, EL 0.24, PW 1.00. Paratype minor: HW 0.64, HL 0.82, SL 1.04, EL 0.14, PW 0.44.

COLOR Major: head and appendages light reddish brown, rest of body medium reddish brown.

Minor: yellowish brown.


Pheidole bulliceps Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

ECUADOR: Jatun Sacha, Napo, col. Leeanne E. Tennant-Alonso. Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad

Etymology

L bulliceps, bubble-headed, with reference to the major.

References