Pheidole maja

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Pheidole maja
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. maja
Binomial name
Pheidole maja
Forel, 1886

Pheidole maja jtlc000015318 profile 1.jpg

Pheidole maja jtlc000015318 dorsal 1.jpg

Specimen labels

Nothing is known about the biology of maja.


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: Guatemala (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.

  • maja. Pheidole maja Forel, 1886b: xlviii (s.w.q.) GUATEMALA. See also: Wilson, 2003: 322.

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


From Wilson (2003): A member of the fallax group somewhat similar to Pheidole chiapasana, Pheidole dentata, Pheidole humeridens, Pheidole industa, Pheidole laevivertex, Pheidole madrensis, Pheidole tetroides, distinguished as follows.

Major: very sparse pilosity, with no hairs on full-face profile (types may be degraded); head elliptical in profile, narrowing conspicuously in side view; in dorsal-oblique view, pronotal profile smoothly convex; petiolar node in side view low; postpetiole from above trapezoidal; sides of pronotum sparsely foveolate.

Minor: occipital margin in full-face view convex; carinulae present along lateral margins of frontal lobes.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.22, HL 1.30, SL 0.80, EL 0.22, PW 0.62. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.62, HL 0.74, SL 0.82, EL 0.14, PW 0.44.

COLOR Major: concolorous light reddish brown.

Minor: concolorous plain medium brown.

Pheidole maja Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Lectotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

GUATEMALA: Ciudad de Guatemala. Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève and Museum of Comparative Zoology - as reported in Wilson (2003)


Possibly Gr maia, good mother, nurse. (Wilson 2003)


  • Forel, A. 1886b. Espèces nouvelles de fourmis américaines. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 30:xxxviii-xlix. (page xlviii, soldier, worker, queen described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 322, fig. major, minor described)