Pheidole floricola

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

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Specimen Labels

This species is only known from type specimens. The type series was collected from “inside philodendron fruit.” (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: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras (type locality), Nicaragua.

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.

  • floricola. Pheidole floricola Wilson, 2003: 423, figs. (s.w.) HONDURAS.

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

Description

Similar in various traits to Pheidole charazana, Pheidole dumicola, Pheidole pilispina, Pheidole sagana and Pheidole xyston. Distinguished as follows.

Major: yellow; antennal scrobes present; rugoreticulum continuous all the way from the spaces between the eyes and antennal fossae posteriorly to and including the occiput; posterior half of sides and all of venter of head smooth; humerus in dorsal-oblique view subangulate; apex of petiolar node in side view very broad and rounded; all of pronotal dorsum carinulate, and rest of mesosoma solely foveolate; antennal funiculi with abundant, very long, erect hairs; femora swollen.

Minor: humeri with paired equilateral teeth, each of which bears a single long hair; posterior and lateral margins of head and all of mesosoma foveolate.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.80, HL 0.82, SL 0.46, EL 0.10, PW 0.44. Paratype minor: HW 0.46, HL 0.50, SL 0.42, EL 0.08, PW 0.30.

COLOR Major and minor: concolorous medium yellow.


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

Type Material

HONDURAS: La Ceiba, Depto. Atlántida (collector unknown, probably W. L. Brown). Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Old French, L floricola, flower inhabitant.

References