Pheidole camilla

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

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Specimen Labels

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

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).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Minor

Major

Nomenclature

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

  • camilla. Pheidole camilla Wilson, 2003: 387, 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

A medium-sized, brown member of the flavens group, whose major is recognizable by a variable bulge in the middle of the dorsal surface of the head seen in side view, anterior to which the dorsal surface is variously rugulose and carinulate, and posterior to which the surface is covered by broken rugulae in the center and rugoreticulum on the side. In addition, the major is notable for its well-developed mesonotal convexity and large propodeal spines. At 50–60X some of the mesosomal and gastral hairs appear to have flattened apices. The minor has large spines and the entire body surface is sculptured, foveolate and opaque, except for the gaster, which is smooth and shiny.

Similar in some features to Pheidole alticola, Pheidole euryscopa, Pheidole hazenae, Pheidole heterothrix, Pheidole rectiluma, Pheidole rectisentis, Pheidole rectispina and Pheidole rectitrudis, but notably different in others as illustrated.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.94, HL 0.98, SL 0.58, EL 0.14, PW 0.40. Paratype minor: HW 0.46, HL 0.50, SL 0.52, EL 0.08, PW 0.30.

COLOR Major: body medium brown, tarsi yellow, other appendages light brown.

Minor: body blackish brown, mandibles and scapes medium brown, other appendages light brown.


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

Type Material

ECUADOR: 3 km east of Tandapi, Pichincha, col. Stewart B. and Jarmila Kukalová-Peck. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

L Camilla, a legendary Volscian huntress and warrior.

References