Nothing is known about the biology of cataphracta.
- 1 Identification
- 2 Distribution
- 3 Biology
- 4 Castes
- 5 Nomenclature
- 6 References
See the description in the nomenclature section.
Keys including this Species
Recorded from only two collections in Valle Department, Colombia. (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.
- cataphracta. Pheidole cataphracta Wilson, 2003: 611, figs. (s.w.) COLOMBIA.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
DIAGNOSIS A member of the punctatissima group easiliy recognized by the very long propodeal spines, which are about as long as the basal face of the propodeum anterior to them.
Major: dorsum of head completely carinulate except for frontal triangle and mid-clypeus; humerus subangulate; all of mesosoma and petiole foveolate and opaque.
Minor: almost all of head, as well as all of meso soma and petiole, foveolate and opaque; humerus with protuberant blunt oblique angles.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.94, HL 0.96, SL 0.54, EL 0.14, PW 0.46. Paratype minor: HW 0.46, HL 0.50, SL 0.50, EL 0.10, PW 0.32.
COLOR Major: concolorous yellow except for head, which is dark yellow with a slight reddish tinge.
Minor: concolorous medium yellow.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
COLOMBIA: Mun. Buenaventura, 3.2 km above Rio Aguaclara on the old Cali road, Valle, col. William L. Brown. Museum of Comparative Zoology
L cataphracta, fully armored.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 611, fig. major, minor described)