Collected from leaf litter on the sandy soil of the forest floor. (Wilson 2003)
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- sabella. Pheidole sabella Wilson, 2003: 500, figs. (s.w.) PERU.
Known only from the major. A medium-sized reddish yellow member of the flavens group, most similar to Pheidole kuna of Panama, including the possession of shallow antennal scrobes, a well-developed mesonotal convexity, and parallel longitudinal carinulae that extend over the entire dorsum of the head to near the occiput. Departs from kuna in the different shape of the mesonotal convexity in side view, the larger propodeal spines, the presence of a rugoreticulum mesad to the eyes, and a contrasting brown spot near the center of the head capsule.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.86, HL 0.92, SL 0.44, EL 0.10, PW 0.42.
COLOR Major: body and mandibles reddish yellow, legs and antennae plain yellow; head with a medium brown spot just behind the center of the cephalic dorsum midline, as illustrated.
Figure. Holotype, major. Scale bars = 1 mm.
PERU: near Lake Sandoval, Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata, 260 m (Charles Kugler and R. R. Lampert). Museum of Comparative Zoology
L sabella, dim. of sabulum, sand, referring to the nest site.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 500, fig. major described)