Pheidole nuculiceps

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Pheidole nuculiceps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. nuculiceps
Binomial name
Pheidole nuculiceps
Wheeler, W.M., 1908

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Type Label

This species is only known from type specimens. Nothing is known about its biology.

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

Nearctic Region: United States (type locality).
Neotropical Region: Mexico.
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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.

  • nuculiceps. Pheidole nuculiceps Wheeler, W.M. 1908e: 473 (s.w.) U.S.A. See also: Wilson, 2003: 475.

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 member of the “flavens complex” within the larger flavens group, also including Pheidole asperithorax, Pheidole breviscapa (=Pheidole perpusilla), Pheidole cardiella, Pheidole chloe, Pheidole exigua, Pheidole flavens, Pheidole goeldii, Pheidole mittermeieri, Pheidole moerens, Pheidole nitidicollis, Pheidole pholeops, Pheidole sculptior and Pheidole trinitatis, differing in the following combination of traits.

Major: shallow antennal scrobes present, their surfaces smooth and shiny; parallel longitudinal carinulae cover all of the head surface (including the occiput) except for the center of the clypeus and frontal triangle; anterior and lateral margins of the pronotal dorsum carinulate; mesosoma and sides of waist foveolate and opaque; the strongly convex promesonotum descends to the metanotal groove through a distinct 45-degree posterior face; propodeal spines well-developed.

Minor: carinulae limited to anterior half of head capsule, including lateral margins of the frontal lobes; all of the head and mesosoma, and sides of the waist, foveolate and opaque; the remainder of the body smooth and shiny; propodeal spines well-developed.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 0.78, HL 0.76, SL 0.64, EL 0.10, PW 0.40. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.50, SL 0.42, EL 0.08, PW 0.30.

COLOR Major and minor: body concolorous light reddish yellow (“orange”); appendages clear medium yellow.


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Figure. Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

TEXAS: New Braunfels, col. William M. Wheeler. Museum of Comparative Zoology - as reported in Wilson (2003)

References

  • Wheeler, W. M. 1908h. The ants of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. (Part I.). Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 24: 399-485 (page 473, soldier, worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 475, fig. major, minor described)