Pheidole macromischoides

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

From Wilson (2003): Foraging during the day on a limestone block about 2 meters high at side of the road 15 meters from a cliff of a magote, one of the limestone outcroppings at Los Acostas (this one was behind the "new" Rancho de San Vicente, west of the road, as of 1953). The workers looked and moved like the distinctive Leptothorax workers of species formerly placed in the synonymous Macromischa (Temnothorax), which were abundant on and around the mogotes.

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: Cuba (type locality).

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Castes

Known only from the minor.

Nomenclature

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

  • macromischoides. Pheidole macromischoides Wilson, 2003: 718, figs. (w.) CUBA.

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

Description

DIAGNOSIS Major: unknown.

Minor: medium-sized brown member of the tristis group with long, straight, needle-like propodeal spines; low postpetiolar node, promesonotum smoothly rounded in profile; humerus with low subangle in dorsal-oblique view; bell-shaped postpetiole; broken transverse carinulae covering pronotal dorsum; and dorsa of head and mesosoma foveolate and opaque.

Similar to the minor workers of Pheidole alayoi, Pheidole bakeri, Pheidole cubaensis and Pheidole naylae of Cuba and Pheidole androsana of the Bahamas, differing in many details of body form, sculpturing, and pilosity, as illustrated, and color.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype minor: HW 0.62, HL 0.68, SL 0.76, EL 0.12, PW 0.44.

COLOR Minor: concolorous medium brown, with appendages a shade lighter.


Pheidole macromischoides Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Holotype, minor (Major unknown). Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

CUBA: Los Acostas, Pinar del Rio, col. E. O. Wilson. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

L macromischoides, like Leptothorax (=Macromischa).

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