Pheidole jaculifera

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

Nothing is known about the biology of jaculifera.

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: Brazil (type locality).

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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.

  • jaculifera. Pheidole jaculifera Wilson, 2003: 306, figs. (s.w.) BRAZIL.

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

Description

A small, light brown member of the fallax group with extremely long propodeal spines, exceptionally long scapes, and with almost all of the mesosoma foveolate and opaque, in both major and minor.

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

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.92, HL 0.96, SL 0.88, EL 0.20, PW 0.50. Paratype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.66, SL 0.84, EL 0.16, PW 0.36.

COLOR Major: body concolorous light brown, appendages yellowish brown.

Minor: body concolorous light brown, appendages yellowish brown.


Pheidole jaculifera Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

BRAZIL: vicinity of Benjamin Constant, Amazonas. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

L jaculifera, javelin-bearer, referring to the long, slender propodeal spines.

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