Pheidole mixteca

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

Collected in the leaf litter of oak woodland. (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: Mexico (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.

  • mixteca. Pheidole mixteca Wilson, 2003: 460, figs. (s.w.) MEXICO.

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

Description

DIAGNOSIS Species similar in various traits to Pheidole oaxacana, Pheidole scabriventris and Pheidole tragica and distinguished as follows.

Major: yellow; pronotum bilobed in dorsal-oblique view; propodeal spine short, nearly vertical in dorsal-oblique view; petiolar node narrow in side view; rugoreticulum present between eye and antennal fossa; postpetiolar node broad and acutely subangular; humerus bearing a small patch of rugulae. Minor: frontal lobes bulging forward in side view; propodeal spine short and nearly erect.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.90, HL 1.00, SL 0.58, EL 0.16, PW 0.44. Paratype minor: HW 0.46, HL 0.56, SL 0.46, EL 0.08, PW 0.32.

COLOR Major: head and mandibles reddish yellow, gaster brownish yellow; other appendages medium yellow.


Pheidole mixteca Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

MEXICO: 30 km south of Juchatengo, Oaxaca, 650 m, col. S. Peck. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Mixteca, after Mixtec, the Amerindian people of Oaxaca.

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