Pheidole mallota

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

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Specimen Labels

This species is only known from type specimens. Nothing is known about its biology.

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: Panama (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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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.

  • mallota. Pheidole mallota Wilson, 2003: 449, figs. (s.w.) PANAMA.

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

Description

DIAGNOSIS Similar in various traits to Pheidole amabilis, Pheidole arhuaca, Pheidole citrina, Pheidole crinita, Pheidole delicata, Pheidole hedlundorum, Pheidole laselva, Pheidole melastomae, Pheidole nitidicollis, Pheidole similigena, Pheidole terresi and Pheidole tillandsiarum, differing as follows.

Major: yellow; head as broad as long; antennal scapes long, their tips touching sides of head much more than halfway from eye to occipital corner; propodeal spines moderately long, directed backward, and curved; pilosity long, and many of the hairs curved and tangled; promesonotal profile flat; apex of petiolar node in side view broad and rounded; postpetiole from above elliptical, with angulate sides; carinulae cover only anterior half of head dorsum; most of body smooth and shiny.

Minor: eye narrow; occiput broad, convex; antennal scapes exceed occipital margins by a third their own length; propodeal spines very thin, needle-like.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.90, HL 0.90, SL 0.58, EL 0.10, PW 0.42. Paratype minor: HW 0.48, HL 0.54, SL 0.60, EL 0.06, PW 0.30.

COLOR Major: concolorous medium yellow, with a dark yellow spot on vertex.

Minor: concolorous dark yellow.


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

Type Material

PANAMA: Nusagandi, San Blas, col. Leeanne E. Tennant-Alonso. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Gr mallota, woolly, referring to dense, curving pilosity of body.

References