Pheidole paraensis

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

Nothing is known about the biology of paraensis.

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.

  • paraensis. Pheidole paraensis Wilson, 2003: 335, 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 “jujuyensis complex” of the larger fallax group, comprising Pheidole araneoides, Pheidole cuevasi, Pheidole durionei, Pheidole jujuyensis, Pheidole kugleri, Pheidole leonina, Pheidole leptina, Pheidole lucretii, Pheidole lupus, Pheidole paraensis, Pheidole punctithorax, Pheidole tijucana, Pheidole wallacei and Pheidole wolfringi. P. paraensis differs as follows.

Major: proportionately small-headed; head subrectangular in full-face view; a very loose (large-celled) rugoreticulum stretches on each side of the head from eye to frontal carina and is succeeded posteriorly by widely spaced rugulae that almost attain the occiput; antennal scape reaches about halfway between level of the eye and level of occiput; propodeal spines in side view reduced to right angles.

Minor: propodeal spines absent; occiput narrowed, with thin nuchal collar.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.50, HL 1.50, SL 1.00, EL 0.22, PW 0.68. Paratype minor: HW 0.46, HL 0.64, SL 0.86, EL 0.14, PW 0.34.

COLOR Major: body and mandibles light reddish brown, gaster plain light brown, appendages brownish yellow.


Pheidole paraensis Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

BRAZIL: Utinga Tract, near Belém, Pará, col. P. F. Darlington. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Named after the Brazilian state of origin of the types.

References