Pheidole gravida

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

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of gravida.

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: Venezuela (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.

  • gravida. Pheidole gravida Wilson, 2003: 701, figs. (s.w.) VENEZUELA.

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 incisa and Pheidole nasifera.

Major: yellow; center of midclypeus raised to a small point; frontal lobes extended slightly, and subangulate in side view; median ocellus or a small pit in ocellar location present, as shown; promesonotum massive, descending through a long, steep face to the metanotum; very faint antennal scrobe present; propodeal spines equilaterally triangular; postpetiolar node from above elliptical, 2X as broad as petiolar node.

Minor: humerus denticulate and mesonotal convexity subangulate in dorsal-oblique view; propodeal spines reduced to denticles; anterior pronotal fringe and propodeal dorsum carinulate.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.46, HL 1.60, SL 0.62, EL 0.18, PW 0.86. Paratype minor: HW 0.66, HL 0.70, SL 0.64, EL 0.14, PW 0.44.

COLOR Major: reddish medium yellow.

Minor: plain medium yellow.


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

Type Material

VENEZUELA: San Cristobal-La Florida Road, LaBlanca to Mundo Nuevo, Táchira, 1100 m, col. J. Lattke and W. L. Brown. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

L gravida, laden, referring to the heavy-looking promesothorax.

References