Pheidole hector

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

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Specimen Labels

Under dead wood in moist forest (Longino 1997).


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Costa Rica (type locality).

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.

  • hector. Pheidole hector Wilson, 2003: 298, figs. (s.w.) COSTA RICA.

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


A large, bicolorous brown-and-yellow member of the fallax group with exceptionally long propodeal spines, especially in the minor, dense pilosity, and angulate mesonotal convexity.

Similar to Pheidole ajax, Pheidole fiorii, Pheidole jaculifera and Pheidole lourothi, differing in many details of body form, sculpturing, and pilosity, as illustrated, as well as in color.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.54, HL 1.64, SL 1.36, EL 0.22, PW 0.78. Paratype minor: HW 0.78, HL 1.00, SL 1.46, EL 0.20, PW 0.56.

COLOR Major: body medium brown; genae anterior to eyes, as well as mandibles and tarsi, a contrasting yellow.

Minor: body medium brown, legs light brown, tarsi yellow.

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

Type Material

COSTA RICA: Wilson Botanical Garden, 4 km south of San Vito, Puntarenas, 1200 m, col. J. T. Longino. Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad


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