Pheidole darlingtoni

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Pheidole darlingtoni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. darlingtoni
Binomial name
Pheidole darlingtoni
Wheeler, W.M., 1936

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Specimen Label

Pheidole darlingtoni is only known from type specimens, all minors, from southwestern Haiti. Nothing is known about its biology.

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Evidently an endemic of Haiti; it may possibly also turn up in the Dominican Republic when mountain habitats are better collected. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Greater Antilles, Haiti (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Known only from minors.

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • darlingtoni. Pheidole darlingtoni Wheeler, W.M. 1936b: 198 (w.) HAITI. See also: Wilson, 2003: 405.

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): Known only from the minor, which is readily distinguished by its unique coloration (see below), moderate-sized propodeal spines, and mostly foveolate head and mesosoma.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Syntype minor: HW 0.32, HL 0.48, SL 0.42, EL 0.06, PW 0.28.

COLOR Minor: bicolored; mostly pale, whitish yellow, with light brown postpetiole, gaster, portions of head as shown, and scapes.


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Figure. Syntype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

Syntype Specimen Labels

HAITI: Massif de la Hotte, col. P. J. Darlington. Museum of Comparative Zoology - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

Named after the collector, the distinguished coleopterist and biogeographer Philip J. Darlington. (Wilson 2003)

References