Pheidole pinicola

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

The type series were collected in pine forest. (Wilson 2003)

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: Mexico (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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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.

  • pinicola. Pheidole pinicola Wilson, 2003: 158, figs. (s.w.) MEXICO.

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 crassicornis group distinguished by the following combination of traits.

Major: occiput, frontal triangle, and central piece of clypeus smooth and shiny, area between frontal carinae and eyes heavily rugoreticulate, and rest of dorsal surface of head longitudinally carinulate; all of mesosoma, waist, and anterior half of central strip of gastral tergite foveolate and opaque; pronotal dorsum transversely carinulate; pronotal profile in dorsal-oblique view bilobous.

Minor: all of head, mesosoma, and waist, and most of the first gastral tergite foveolate and opaque; anterior strip of pronotal dorsum transversely rugulose; mandibles and tarsi dark yellow.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.30, HL 1.30, SL 0.80, EL 0.20, PW 0.66. Paratype minor: HW 0.66, HL 0.76, SL 0.80, EL 0.16, PW 0.46.

COLOR Major: head and appendages light reddish brown; rest of body medium reddish brown.

Minor: body medium reddish brown, mandibles and tarsi dark yellow.


Pheidole pinicola Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

MEXICO: pine forest, km 225 on Highway 85, Hidalgo (Cornell University Mexico Field Party 1965). Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

L pinicola, pine-dweller, based on habitat of type colony.

References