Pheidole lattkei

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

Nothing is known about the biology of lattkei.


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Only known from the type locality.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Venezuela (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.

  • lattkei. Pheidole lattkei Wilson, 2003: 314, 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.


A member of the fallax group, most similar to Pheidole haskinsorum, Pheidole obscurior (=Pheidole susannae), Pheidole petrensis and Pheidole susannae, distinguished as follows.

Major: tip of antennal scape fails to reach occipital corner by slightly more than 2! the maximum scape width; head in side and frontal views tapers narrowly toward occiput; occipital cleft deep, and subangular at nadir; posterior dorsum of head covered by dense, suberect, forward curving hairs of medium length; occiput smooth; in full-face view, central strip of cephalic dorsum longitudinally carinulate, and lateral thirds rugoreticulate; in dorsal-oblique view, humerus subangulate.

Minor: nuchal collar present, propodeal spines reduced to denticles.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.30, HL 1.48, SL 1.12, EL 0.20, PW 0.60. Paratype minor: HW 0.56, HL 0.80, SL 1.18, EL 0.14, PW 0.40.

COLOR Major: concolorous light reddish brown.

Minor: concolorous reddish yellow.

Pheidole lattkei Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

VENEZUELA: Cerro Humo via Las Melenas, 9.7 km northwest of Irapa, Sucre, 10°4'N 62°37'W, 950 m, col. John Lattke. Museum of Comparative Zoology


Named after the collector, the Venezuelan entomologist John Lattke.