Pheidole perkinsi

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

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

Neotropical Region: Dominica (type locality), Lesser 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.

  • perkinsi. Pheidole perkinsi Wilson, 2003: 485, figs. (s.w.) DOMINICA.

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 traits to Pheidole albipes, Pheidole ceibana, Pheidole lemnisca, Pheidole peltastes, Pheidole renae, Pheidole tayrona and Pheidole xyston, differing as follows.

Major: blackish brown body contrasts with pale yellow legs; shallow antennal scrobe present; on dorsal head surface, carinulae and rugulae covering anterior three-fourths of head give way to band of irregular rugoreticulum just in advance of occiput, which gives way in turn to the smooth occiput; eye narrow, placed far forward on head; humeri and metanotum rugoreticulate; postpetiole elliptical.

Minor: eye very large, set forward on the head so that it is separated from the anterior head margin by only about a Head Length; humerus denticulate; propodeal spine equilaterally triangular.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.76, HL 0.80, SL 0.48, EL 0.08, PW 0.42. Paratype minor: HW 0.40, HL 0.44, SL 0.42, EL 0.08, PW 0.22.

COLOR Major: body blackish brown except for genae, which are contrasting reddish yellow; mandibles reddish brown; other appendages pale yellow.

Minor: body blackish brown, appendages pale yellow.


Pheidole perkinsi Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

Museum of Comparative Zoology

Type Locality Information

DOMINICA (WEST INDIES): trail 0.2 km northeast of Ponte Casse, northwest slope of Morne Trois Pitons, St. Paul’s Parish, 790 m, col. Philip D. Perkins.

Etymology

Named after the collector and entomologist Philip D. Perkins.

References