Pheidole mittermeieri

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

The type series was collected in a savanna, from a termite mound. Winged queens were present in the nest, 2 December. (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: Bolivia (type locality).

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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.

  • mittermeieri. Pheidole mittermeieri Wilson, 2003: 459, figs. (s.w.) BOLIVIA.

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 cardiella, Pheidole chloe, Pheidole goeldii, Pheidole nuculiceps and Pheidole striaticeps, differing as follows.

Major: almost all of dorsum of head, most of the sides of head, and almost all the mesosoma covered by carinulae; carinulae on anterior pronotal dorsum curve down and then along the lower pronotal margin; faint antennal scrobes present; in dorsal-oblique view, two denticles present on pronotal profile; in side view, petiolar node tapers to a point; postpetiole from above elliptical.

Minor: most of dorsal and lateral surfaces of head, including occiput variously carinulate and rugulose; anterior third and dorsal margins of promesonotum rugulose to rugoreticulate; propodeal spines reduced to denticles.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.14, HL 1.10, SL 0.70, EL 0.14, PW 0.52. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.66, SL 0.66, EL 0.08, PW 0.46.

COLOR Major: head, mesosoma, waist, and antennae light brown; gaster and legs dark yellow.


Pheidole mittermeieri Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

BOLIVIA: Serena de Huanchaca, Las Gamas, Parque Nacional Noel Kempff Mercado, Santa Cruz, 14°48'S 60°23'W, 700 m, col. Philip S. Ward. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

ETYMOLOGY Named after Russell A. Mittermeier, distinguished tropical biologist and conservationist.

References