Pheidole seeldrayersi

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Pheidole seeldrayersi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. seeldrayersi
Binomial name
Pheidole seeldrayersi
Forel, 1910

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of seeldrayersi.

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Colombia, and one series from near Flor de Oro, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 450 m (P. S. Ward). Kempf (1972b) reports the species from Catamarca, Argentina, a surprising record that needs to be confirmed. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Minor

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • seeldrayersi. Pheidole seeldrayersi Forel, 1910a: 30 (s.w.q.) COLOMBIA. See also: Wilson, 2003: 229.

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

Description

From Wilson (2003): A medium-sized, yellowish brown member of the diligens group with long, erect pilosity, close to Pheidole coffeicola and Pheidole variegata (= Pheidole pubiventris), differing, as figured, in the major class by its shorter scapes, denser pilosity, triangular and pointed mesonotal convexity in side view, and more extensive cephalic rugoreticulum, which rugoreticulum stretches from the eyes to the circular carinulae surrounding the antennal fossae. See also the less similar Pheidole laevifrons, Pheidole laevinota, Pheidole pubiventris and Pheidole rufipilis.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.28, HL 1.28, SL 0.88, EL 0.20, PW 0.64. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.64, HL 0.74, SL 0.96, EL 0.18, PW 0.44.

COLOR Major: body and appendages yellowish brown, with the gaster a darker shade.

Minor: concolorous yellowish brown.


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Figure. Upper: lectotype, major, including views from rear of both mesonotal convexity and petiolar node. Lower: paralectotype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Lectotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

COLOMBIA: no further locality. Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

Eponymous. (Wilson 2003)

References

  • Forel, A. 1910a. Glanures myrmécologiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 54: 6-32 (page 30, soldier, worker, queen described)
  • Kempf, W. W. 1972b. Catálogo abreviado das formigas da região Neotropical. Stud. Entomol. 15: 3–344.
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 229, fig. major, minor described)