Pheidole cataphracta

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

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of cataphracta.


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Recorded from only two collections in Valle Department, Colombia. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Colombia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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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.

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

Paratype Specimen Labels

Type Material

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.