Pheidole germaini

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Pheidole germaini
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. germaini
Binomial name
Pheidole germaini
Emery, 1896

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of germaini.

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Known from the type series and a second collection at Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, by J. C. Trager. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality).

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Minor

Nomenclature

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

  • germaini. Pheidole crassipes subsp. germaini Emery, 1896g: 68 (s.w.) BRAZIL. Raised to species: Wilson, 2003: 694.

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

Description

From Wilson (2003): DIAGNOSIS A medium-sized reddish brown member of the tristis group whose major has a large, laterally subangulate postpetiolar node, moderately protuberant and rounded subpostpetiolar process, very prominent lobose humerus, swollen hind femora, and weak transverse carinulae covering the entire promesonotum.

Minor: dorsal pilosity consists of sparse, short hairs, some of which are clavate or spatulate; occiput narrow, with nuchal collar; propodeal spine erect. Similar to Pheidole alpinensis, Pheidole exarata, Pheidole excubitor, Pheidole grandinodus, Pheidole grantae {=Pheidole exarata), Pheidole obrima, Pheidole rogeri, Pheidole stulta, Pheidole tristis and Pheidole zoster, differing in many details of body form, sculpturing, and pilosity, as illustrated, and in color.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.56, HL 1.80, SL 0.86, EL 0.20, PW 0.80. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.66, HL 0.72, SL 0.74, EL 0.12, PW 0.46.

COLOR Major: head and appendages rich medium reddish brown, rest of body dark reddish brown.

Minor: body very dark reddish brown, appendages a contrasting light reddish brown.


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Figure. Upper: lectotype, major. The right hind femur is depicted next to the outline of the mesosoma. Lower: paralectotype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Lectotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

BRAZIL: Mato Grosso. Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Genoa - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

Eponymous. (Wilson 2003)

References

  • Emery, C. 1896g. Studi sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. XVII-XXV. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 28: 33-107 (page 68, soldier, worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 694, fig. major, minor described, Raised to species: new status)