Pheidole setsukoae

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

Robert J. Hamton (in litt. 1990): the majors and minors were foraging in a single file to dead moths at a blacklight (ultraviolet light used to attract insects). (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).

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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.

  • setsukoae. Pheidole setsukoae Wilson, 2003: 597, 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

DIAGNOSIS A member of the pilifera group uniquely distinguished within not just Pheidole but ants as a whole by the phragmotic condition of the occiput of the major, as illustrated. Also distinctive in the major, although not unique, are the lack of hypostomal dentition; the high, smoothly rounded outline of the promesonotum in side view; the dense parallel longitudinal carinulae that radiate from the antennal fossae and antennal lobes to the sides of the head; and the conulate postpetiolar node. The minor is typical of the “bicarinata complex” (see under Pheidole bicarinata).

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.38, HL 1.54, SL 0.62, EL 0.14, PW 0.76. Paratype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.54, SL 0.60, EL 0.12, PW 0.30.

COLOR Major: concolorous clear yellow with a very slight orange tinge (“light orange”).

Minor: clear medium yellow; dorsal surface of head slightly infuscated, i.e., dark yellow to light brownish yellow.


Pheidole setsukoae Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

MEXICO: 59 km north of Culiacan, Sinaloa, col. Robert J. Hamton. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Named after Barbara Setsuko Hamton.

References