Pheidole crinita

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

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Specimen Labels

This species is only known from the type series. It was found in a buried piece of rotting wood. (Wilson 2003)

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.

  • crinita. Pheidole crinita Wilson, 2003: 403, 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 small, yellow member of the flavens group distinguished in the major and minor by the complete absence of sculpturing posterior to the level of the eye, broadly concave occipital border, nearly perfect semicircular profile of the promesonotum, and abundant, long pilosity.

Major: nearly vertical propodeal spine in side view, exceptionally large propodeal spiracle, and laterally angulate postpetiolar node. Similar to Pheidole amabilis, Pheidole boliviana, Pheidole melastomae, Pheidole mixteca, Pheidole scitula, and especially Pheidole terresiof Hispaniola and Pheidole tysoni of the eastern United States.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.76, HL 0.88, SL 0.42, EL 0.06, PW 0.40. Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.50, SL 0.40, EL 0.04, PW 0.32.

COLOR Major: clear medium yellow.

Minor: clear medium to pale yellow.


Pheidole crinita Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

ECUADOR: Sucua, 2°28'S 78°10'W, col. Gary J. Umphrey. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

L crinita, hairy.

References