Pheidole mera

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

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Specimen Label

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

Central and southern Texas (Cameron, Hidalgo, and Travis counties). (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: United States (type locality).
Neotropical Region: Guatemala, Mexico.

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Minor
Major

Nomenclature

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

  • mera. Pheidole mera Wilson, 2003: 452, figs. (s.w.) U.S.A.

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

Description

DIAGNOSIS A medium-sized yellow species whose major has an elongate head, shallow scrobes, deep occipital cleft, semicircular promesonotal profile, and cornulate postpetiole. Similar to Pheidole casta, but the mera major differs in its carinulate and deeply cleaved occiput, oblique orientation of the carinulae mesad to the eyes, and more bulbous promesonotal profile.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.80, HL 0.94, SL 0.42, EL 0.14, PW 0.50. Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.46, SL 0.38, EL 0.08, PW 0.26.

COLOR Major and minor: concolorous clear yellow.


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

Type Material

TEXAS: La Feria, Cameron Co., col. W. S. Creighton. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

L mera, pure, unadulterated, referring to the color.

References