Pheidole neolongiceps

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Pheidole neolongiceps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. neolongiceps
Binomial name
Pheidole neolongiceps
Brown, 1950
Synonyms

The biology of this ant is not known.

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

From Wilson (2003): Known from the type locality and a second series I have identified from Sierra de Mesa, Pinar del Rio, Cuba, col. J. Fontenla.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Cuba (type locality), Greater Antilles.

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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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.

  • longiceps. Pheidole longiceps Aguayo, 1932: 218 (s.) CUBA. [Junior primary homonym of longiceps Mayr, above.] Replacement name: neolongiceps Brown, 1950e: 250.
  • neolongiceps. Pheidole neolongiceps Brown, 1950e: 250. Replacement name for longiceps Aguayo, 1932: 218. [Junior primary homonym of longiceps Mayr, 1876: 106.] See also: Wilson, 2003: 471.

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

Description

From Wilson (2003): DIAGNOSIS A medium-sized, brown member of the flavens group whose major is distinguished by its elongate head; antennal scrobes; longitudinal carinulae that reach the occiput, and near the occipital border turn laterad to proceed to the occipital corners; long, thick petiolar spines that point backward, especially in dorsal-oblique view; and wide, angulate postpetiolar node.

Similar to Pheidole beloceps, Pheidole charazana, Pheidole longinoi and Pheidole prolixa, but differing from each in various combinations of the above traits, and other traits, as shown.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.82, HL 0.96, SL 0.40, EL 0.10, PW 0.46.

COLOR Major: body dark brown, appendages medium brown.


Pheidole neolongiceps Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Unique holotype major. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

CUBA: Caribarién. Museum of Comparative Zoology- as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

L neolongiceps, new (for replacement name) long-headed.(Wilson 2003)

References

  • Aguayo, C. G. 1932. Notes on West Indian ants. Bull. Brooklyn Entomol. Soc. 27: 215-227 (page 218, longiceps)
  • Brown, W. L., Jr. 1950g. Morphological, taxonomic, and other notes on ants. Wasmann J. Biol. 8: 241-250 (page 250, replacement name)
  • Mayr, G. 1876. Die australischen Formiciden. J. Mus. Godeffroy 12: 56-115 (page 106, junior primary homonym of longiceps)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 471, fig. major described)