Pheidole fullerae

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

The type colony was found nesting in a very small dead stick at the edge of a forest stream; the nest contained a seed cache. (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: Ecuador (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.

  • fullerae. Pheidole fullerae Wilson, 2003: 691, figs. (s.w.) ECUADOR.

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

Description

DIAGNOSIS Similar in various respects to Pheidole antillana, Pheidole gauthieri, Pheidole guayasana, Pheidole hetschkoi, Pheidole heyeri, Pheidole napoensis and Pheidole securigera, differing as follows from these and other tristis group species.

Major: antennallobes project forward and downward as prominent lobes, in side view; shallow antennal scrobes present, each with a small patch of rugoreticulum behind it; almost all of the remaining surface of the head, up to and including the occiput, carinulate; humeri in dorsal-oblique view very prominent, lobose, and 2X higher than mesonotal convexity relative to the metanotal groove; comers of humeri rugoreticulate; postpetiole from above elliptical.

Minor: entire body almost completely smooth and shiny; propodeal spines reduced to denticles; promesonotal central half flat in side view; occiput narrow with a nuchal collar.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.44, HL 1.44, SL 0.72, EL 0.16, PW 0.72. Paratype minor: HW 0.54, HL 0.58, SL 0.64, EL 0.08, PW 0.34.

COLOR Major: mandibles dark reddish brown, body medium reddish brown, other appendages light reddish brown.

Minor: body medium reddish brown, appendages dark brownish yellow.


Pheidole fullerae Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

ECUADOR: Sucua, 16 km south of Macas, 2°28'S 78°1O'W, col. Gary Umphrey. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Named after Kathryn Fuller, President of World Wildlife Fund-U. S. and champion of tropical biodiversity.

References