Pheidole lancifera

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

I raised the type colony from a dealate queen I captured on the floor of lowland rainforest near Manaus; the colony, after growing to contain several hundred workers, produced males. A colony found at Cuzco Amazónico by Cover and Tobin was nesting in a rotten stick in leaf litter on the floor of terra firme forest, and contained males on 12 June. (Wilson 2003)


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


From Wilson (2003): In addition to the type series, from north of Manaus, I have seen specimens from Carajás, Pará, Brazil, and Cuzco Amazónico, near Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios (Stefan Cover and John E. Tobin).

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality), Peru.

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.

  • lancifera. Pheidole lancifer Wilson, 2003: 202, 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.


A large, blackish brown member of the diligens group easily distinguished by the following traits.

Major: blackish brown; large; head distinctly broader than long; antenna approaching within 2! its maximum length the occipital corner; space between eye and antennal fossa rugoreticulate; head and body mostly smooth; propodeal spine nearly as long as the basal propodeal space anterior to it.

Minor: very dark brown; propodeal spines in side view as long as the basal propodeal face anterior to them, and from above widely divergent; occiput narrowed, with nuchal collar.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.64, HL 1.56, SL 1.10, EL 0.24, PW 0.82. Paratype minor: HW 0.72, HL 0.82, SL 1.10, EL 0.20, PW 0.48.

COLOR Major: concolorous very dark brown to black, except for tarsi and funiculi, which are light to medium brown.

Minor: body and antennal scape very dark, almost blackish brown; remainder of appendages medium brown.

Pheidole lancifera Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

BRAZIL: Fazenda Esteio, 90 km north of Manaus, col. E. O. Wilson. Museum of Comparative Zoology


L lancifer, spear carrier, referring to the propodeal spines of both castes.


Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. Text and images from this publication used by permission of the author.