Pheidole dolon

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

Found in lowland tropical rainforest to 450 m. (Wilson 2003)

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Known from the type locality, as well as widespread records in Bolivia, Colombia, and Amazonian Brazil. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia, Peru (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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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.

  • dolon. Pheidole dolon Wilson, 2003: 254, figs. (s.w.) PERU.

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

Description

A member of the distorta group, known only from the minor caste, closest (in the minor caste at least) to Pheidole bufo, differing in the minor by the extremely long propodeal spines, which are longer than the basal face of the propodeum anterior to them; sparser pilosity; relatively low promesonotal dorsal-oblique profile; foveolate and opaque waist; shagreened anterior half of the first gastral tergite; and distinctive color.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype minor: HW 0.82, HL 0.82, SL 0.80, EL 0.16, PW 0.54.

COLOR Minor: body dark, almost blackish brown; appendages yellow, with central halves of the femora light brown.


Pheidole dolon Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

PERU: Cuzco Amazónico, 15 km northeast of Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, col. Stefan Cover and John E. Tobin. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Gr dolon, dagger, stiletto, referring to the propodeal spines of the minor.

References