Pheidole coffeicola

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Pheidole coffeicola
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. coffeicola
Binomial name
Pheidole coffeicola
Borgmeier, 1934

Nothing is known about the biology of coffeicola.

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

From Wilson (2003): Suriname, also recorded by Kempf (1972b) from Pará, Brazil.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil, Suriname (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.

  • coffeicola. Pheidole coffeicola Borgmeier, 1934: 98, fig. 2 (s.w.q.) SURINAM. See also: Wilson, 2003: 182.

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

Description

From Wilson (2003): A medium-sized, dark yellow species close to Pheidole variegata (= Pheidole pubiventris) (q.v.), and possibly synonymous, differing in the major in its more protuberant, subangular humerus, shorter postpetiolar node, much less extensive rugoreticulum on the head, and color. P. coffeicola may also be distinguished by the presence of abundant short, decumbent hairs (and no erect hairs) in the minor.

See also less similar Pheidole laevifrons, Pheidole mooreorum, Pheidole pubiventris, Pheidole seeldrayersi and Pheidole zelata.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.22, HL 1.16, SL 0.84, EL 0.20, PW 0.56. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.56, HL 0.74, SL 0.96, EL 0.14, PW 0.40.

COLOR Major and minor: concolorous dark yellow.


Pheidole coffeicola Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

SURINAME: Paramaribo. Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de Sao Paulo and Museum of Comparative Zoology - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

L coffeicola, living with coffee, referring to the coffee plantation where the type colony was collected. (Wilson 2003)

References