Pheidole mosenopsis

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

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Specimen labels

The Paraguayan colony was collected in forest leaf litter. (Wilson 2003)

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Known from the type locality and from Reserva Mbaracayli, Jejuimi, Canendiyli, Paraguay. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia (type locality), Paraguay.

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Minor

Queen

Male

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • mosenopsis. Pheidole mosenopsis Wilson, 2003: 724, 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 characters to Pheidole binasifera, Pheidole diabolus, Pheidole gravida, Pheidole mirabilis, Pheidole mosenopsis, Pheidole nasifera, Pheidole rhinoceros and Pheidole unicornis, especially moseni, and distinguished as follows.

Major: frontal lobes extend forward as rounded subangular processes in side view; eyes very small, Eye Length much less than onetenth Head Width; rugoreticulum present on each side of head from eye to antennal fossa; carinulae cover all of posterior dorsal surface of head except occiput; anterior strip of pronotal dorsum transversely rugulose-carinulate, and almost all of the rest of mesosoma smooth and shiny.

Minor (Canindeyli, Paraguay): proportionately small, and small-eyed; promesonotum in side view smoothly and strongly convex; almost all of dorsal surface of head carinulate and foveolate; lower half of mesopleuron smooth, remainder of meso soma almost all smooth; propodeal spines small, equilaterally triangular.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.82, HL 0.92, SL 0.38, EL 0.06, PW 0.46. Minor (Canendiyli, Paraguay): HW 0.42, HL 0.46, SL 0.40, EL 0.04, PW 0.24.

COLOR Major: head and mandibles dark reddish brown, mesosoma and gaster plain medium brown, waist yellowish brown, antennae and legs medium yellow.

Minor (Paraguay): body dark yellowish brown, appendages medium yellow.


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Figure. Holotype, major. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

BOLIVIA: near radio station, Caranavi, Cordallera Real, La Paz, 800 m, col. Charles Kugler. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Gr mosenopsis, resembling mosen(i) (q.v.).

References