Pheidole micon

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

This species is only known from type specimens. The type collection was made from a rotting log in a coffee plantation (cafetal). (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: Colombia (type locality), Venezuela.

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.

  • micon. Pheidole micon Wilson, 2003: 454, figs. (s.w.) COLOMBIA.

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 member of the flavens group; most immediately recognizable by the striking bicolorous condition of both castes (see below). Most similar in the remainder of its anatomy to Pheidole breviseta, Pheidole bruchella and Pheidole hizemops, differing in details of sculpturing and form of the mesosoma, petiole, and postpetiole, as illustrated.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.94, HL 0.96, SL 0.50, EL 0.14, PW 0.42. Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.52, SL 0.42, EL 0.06, PW 0.28.

COLOR  Major: bicolorous, body dark brown, appendages dark yellow.

Minor: bicolorous, postpetiole and gaster medium to brownish yellow, rest of body medium brown, appendages medium yellow.


Pheidole micon Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

COLOMBIA: San Pedro de la Sierra, Magdalena, Colombia, 1300 m, col. Charles Kugler. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Micon, a painter and sculptor of ancient Athens.

References

Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. Text and images from this publication used by permission of the author.