Pheidole meinertopsis

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

The type colony was found on the ground in terra firme forest, nesting in a rotten stick on top of leaf litter. (Wilson 2003)

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: Guyana, Peru (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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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.

  • meinertopsis. Pheidole meinertopsis Wilson, 2003: 450, figs. (s.w.) PERU.

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

Description

DIAGNOSIS Resembling in some traits Pheidole meinerti and Pheidole tambopatae, differing as follows.

Major: reddish yellow; mesonotal convexity well developed; in dorsal-oblique view, dorsal pronotal profile bilobate, including a prominent lobose humerus; dorsal mesosomal pilosity sparse, consisting of a row of well-spaced pairs of setae; petiolar node tapers to a blunt point at apex; postpetiole from above trapezoidal; carinulae originating on frontal lobes spread outward slightly from the midline and extend to but not across the occiput.

Minor: pilosity sparse, on promesonotal profile consisting of evenly spaced pairs of setae; in dorsal-oblique view, pronotal profile bilobate; the humerus and mesonotal convexity angulate; eye set well forward on head; occiput broad and strongly concave.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.88, HL 0.92, SL 0.46, EL 0.12, PW 0.42. Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.46, SL 0.42, EL 0.06, PW 0.26.

COLOR Major: body and mandibles medium reddish yellow, other appendages clear medium yellow.

Minor: medium reddish yellow except for gaster and appendages, which are plain medium yellow.


Pheidole meinertopsis Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

PERU: Cuzco Amazónico, 15 km northeast of Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, col. Stefan Cover and John E. Tobin. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

L meinertopsis, resembling (Pheidole) meinerti.

References