Pheidole monstrosa

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

Nothing is known about the biology of monstrosa.

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: Brazil (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.

  • monstrosa. Pheidole monstrosa Wilson, 2003: 255, figs. (s.w.) BRAZIL.

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

Description

A member of the distorta group, closest to Pheidole distorta, Pheidole reclusi and Pheidole scapulata, differing in the following combination of traits.

Major: dorsal half of head in side view moderately concave; occiput, frontal lobes, frontal triangle, and clypeus longitudinally carinulate, rest of dorsal head surface rugoreticulate; dorsa of promesonotum, petiolar node, and postpetiolar node rugoreticulate; anterior fourth of first gastral tergite striate; promesonotum in profile raised and strongly convex, descending to the metanotum through a nearly vertical face.

Minor: almost all of head and all of promesonotal dorsum conspicuously carinulate.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.42, HL 1.84, SL 0.68, EL 0.20, PW 0.84. Paratype minor: HW 0.64, HL 0.64, SL 0.56, EL 0.12, PW 0.42.

COLOR Major: head and mesosoma light to medium reddish brown, waist and gaster dark brown, appendages medium brown.

Minor: body and head dark brown except anterior fifth of gena, which is yellowish brown; appendages medium to dark brown.


Pheidole monstrosa Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

BRAZIL: Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, col. James C. Trager. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

NL monstrosa, strange.

References