The biology of this species is unknown.
See the description in the nomenclature section.
Keys including this Species
A temperate montane Argentine species, known only from Salta and Tucumán. (Wilson 2003)
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- carapunco. Pheidole carapunco Kusnezov, 1952b: 82 (s.w.q.m.) ARGENTINA. See also: Wilson, 2003: 389.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
From Wilson (2003): Placed tentatively in the flavens group, but with a habitus intermediate to that of the tristis group.
Major: large (for flavens group); carinulae originating on anterior margin of the eye spread forward from one another in traveling to the genal border; a broad, continuous band of rugoreticulum extends from the inner margin of one eye to that of the other across the vertex. The true characteristics of this species will remain problematic until fresh material is collected.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Syntype major: HW 1.20, HL 1.24, SL 0.62, EL 0.20, PW 0.54. Minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.60, SL 0.48, EL 0.10, PW 0.14.
COLOR Major: concolorous medium reddish brown. Minor: head and gaster yellowish brown; mesosoma, waist, and appendages dark yellow.
Figure. Upper: syntype, major (a composite from 2 damaged specimens; Carapunco, between Tafi de Valle and Infiernillos, Tucumán, 2600 m, N. Kusnezov). Lower: minor (El Rey, Salta, 2200 m, N. Kusnezov). The major syntype is partly decayed, and may have lost most of its pilosity. The El Rey minor is undecayed, and the pilosity appears intact. Scale bars = 1 mm.
Named after the type locality. (Wilson 2003)
- Kusnezov, N. 1952d . El género Pheidole en la Argentina (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Acta Zool. Lilloana 12: 5-88 (page 82, soldier, worker, queen, male described)
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 389, fig. major, minor described)