Pheidole rhytifera

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

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of rhytifera.

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: Venezuela (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.

  • rhytifera. Pheidole rhytifera Wilson, 2003: 739, figs. (s.w.) VENEZUELA.

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

Description

DIAGNOSIS Similar to Pheidole guayasana, Pheidole rosae, Pheidole rosula and Pheidole securigera, differing in the following combination of traits.

Major: shallow antennal scrobes present; frontal lobe in side view angulate and turning upward; postpetiole sharply cornulate; posterior half of head and all the rest of the body smooth and shiny.

Minor: occiput narrowed, with nuchal collar; humerus with tooth in dorsal-oblique view; propodeal spine reduced and erect; entire body and head smooth and shiny.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.34, HL 1.44, SL 0.60, EL 0.10, PW 0.76. Paratype minor: HW 0.58, HL 0.60, SL 0.66, EL 0.12, PW 0.36.

COLOR Major and minor: light brown.


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

Type Material

VENEZUELA: Rancho Grande, Parque Nacional Pittier, 1000–1200 m, col. J. D. Weintraub. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

L rhytifera, bearing a horn, referring to the profile of the frontal lobe.

References