Pheidole erethizon

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

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of erethizon.


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Recorded from the type locality (Michoacán); Azizintla, Guerrero; and Miacatlan, Morelos. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Mexico (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • erethizon. Pheidole erethizon Wilson, 2003: 154, figs. (s.w.) MEXICO.

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


A member of the crassicornis group characterized in both the major and minor by exceptionally dense, long hair (reaching an extreme in the gastral pilosity of the major); and entire head (except frontal triangle and central piece of clypeus),mesosoma, and waist foveolate and opaque. In addition, the minor is unusual within the crassicornis group in possessing a narrowed occiput seen in full-face view, yet nevertheless lacking a nuchal collar.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.26, HL 1.34, SL 0.92, EL 0.22, PW 0.64. Paratype minor: HW 0.58, HL 0.70, SL 0.86, EL 0.16, PW 0.42.

COLOR Major: concolorous medium yellow with a very slight reddish tinge.

Minor: concolorous medium yellow.

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

Type Material

MEXICO: San José Purua, Michoacán, col. A. B. Hamton. Museum of Comparative Zoology


NL erethizon, porcupine, referring to the very long, bristly pilosity of the major and minor.