Pheidole inca

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

Nothing is known about the biology of inca.

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: Peru (type locality).

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Biology

Castes

This species is only known from the major.

Nomenclature

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

  • inca. Pheidole inca Wilson, 2003: 615, figs. (s.) PERU.

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

Description

DIAGNOSIS Major: uniquely distinguished within the punctatissima group by the sculpturing of the dorsal surface of the head, which consists of longitudinal carinulae along the midline flanked on either side by rugoreticula, all reaching the occipital border, combined with the presence of a median ocellus, propodeal spine reduced to a right angle, and brown body color.

Minor: unknown.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.94, HL 0.96, SL 0.74, EL 0.18, PW 0.46.

COLOR Major: head, antennae, and gaster medium brown, mesosoma and waist light brown, legs dark yellow.


Pheidole inca Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Holotype, major. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

PERU: Machu Picchu, 2000-2200 m, col. William L. Brown. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Named after the Inca, in whose ancient city Machu Picchu the species was discovered.

References