Pheidole delicata

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

This species is only known from type specimens. Nothing is known about its biology.

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: Bolivia (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.

  • delicata. Pheidole delicata Wilson, 2003: 406, figs. (s.w.) BOLIVIA.

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

Description

A medium-sized, mostly dark brown member of the flavens group whose major has a bicolored head and mesosoma; long, erect hairs on the promesonotum; propodeal spine reduced almost to a denticle; the petiolar node apex narrow; postpetiole seen from above oval; longitudinal carinulae covering almost all of the head, including the central part of the clypeus (but not the occiput, which is smooth); and mesosoma almost entirely smooth and shiny.

Similar in some but not all of these traits to Pheidole chalca, Pheidole lucaris and Pheidole ulothrix, differing in additional details of body form, sculpturing, pilosity and color, as variously described above and illustrated.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.00, HL 1.00, SL 0.56, EL 0.14, PW 0.44. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.62, SL 0.52, EL 0.12, PW 0.40.

COLOR Major and minor: head anterior to the level of the eyes and sides of the prothorax and mesothorax brownish yellow; appendages light brown.


Pheidole delicata Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

BOLIVIA: Aserrodero Moira, Santa Cruz, 14°34'S 61°12'W, col. Philip S. Ward. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

L delicata, delicate, dainty.

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