Pheidole moffetti

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

This species is only known from type specimens. These were collected in the Kaw Mountains at the edge of rainforest. (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: French Guiana (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.

  • moffetti. Pheidole moffetti Wilson, 2003: 463, figs. (s.w.) FRENCH GUIANA.

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-large, mostly brown member of the flavens group, distinguished in the major by the completely carinulate sculpturing of the dorsal surface of its head, including notably all of the clypeus; the nearly perfect semicircular profile of the promesonotum in side view; trapezoidal postpetiolar node; rugose mesopleuron; and long pilosity; and in the minor by the bicolorous condition of the body. Close to Pheidole bidens and Pheidole styrax, but among other details, lacking teeth on the anterior clypeal border.

See also the less similar Pheidole nasutoides and Pheidole tennantae.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.04, HL 1.04, SL 0.58, EL 0.14, PW 0.50. Paratype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.54, SL 0.48, EL 0.10, PW 0.34. COLOR Major: head medium reddish brown, rest of body medium brown, appendages brownish yellow.

Minor: gaster dark brown, rest of body and appendages light reddish brown.


Pheidole moffetti Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

FRENCH GUIANA: Kaw Mountains, 45 km marker, col. Mark W. Moffett. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Named in honor of the collector and distinguished naturalist Mark W. Moffett.

References