Pheidole glomericeps

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

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Specimen Labels

This species is only known from type specimens. These were collected at a bait in a subterranean trap, col. W. P. MacKay.


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Known from the type locality and from near Turrialba, Cartago Prov., Costa Rica, 550 m. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (type locality), Nicaragua, Panama.

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.

  • glomericeps. Pheidole glomericeps Wilson, 2003: 429, 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.


Similar in various traits to Pheidole exigua, Pheidole moffetti, Pheidole nana, Pheidole nuculiceps, Pheidole orbica, Pheidole rudigenis, Pheidole sculptior and Pheidole styrax, differing as follows.

Major: outline of head in full-face view circular; antennal scrobes present, anterior fourth of pronotal dorsum, as well as space between eye and antennal fossa, rugoreticulate; promesonotal profile elevated and strongly convex; mesonotal convexity subangulate in side view; petiolar node tapered at apex to a blunt point; postpetiole from above trapezoidal; almost all of mesosoma foveolate.

Minor: eye small and elliptical; promesonotal profile semicircular; occiput broad and weakly concave; petiolar node tapers to point at apex; all of head and mesosoma foveolate.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.80, HL 0.80, SL 0.44, EL 0.10, PW 0.38. Paratype minor: HW 0.40, HL 0.44, SL 0.42, EL 0.04, PW 0.24.

COLOR Major and minor: concolorous yellow.

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

Type Material

MEXICO: 10 km south of Palenque, Chiapas, col. William P. MacKay. Museum of Comparative Zoology


L glomericeps, spherical head.