Pheidole sphaerica

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

Nothing is known about the biology of sphaerica.

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: Colombia (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Known only from the major caste.

Nomenclature

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

  • sphaerica. Pheidole sphaerica Wilson, 2003: 755, figs. (s.) COLOMBIA.

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

Description

DIAGNOSIS A large, spectacularly distinct species whose major has a huge spherical head, proportionately reduced clypeus and mandibles, a mesonotum that drops vertically in side view to the metanotum, and a near-absence of pilosity on the head and mesosoma.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.98, HL 1.92, SL 0.84, EL 0.24, PW 0.90.

COLOR Major: head, appendages, and most of gaster light reddish yellow (light “orange”); mesosoma, waist, and part of gaster medium reddish yellow (medium “orange”).


Pheidole sphaerica Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Holotype, major. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

COLOMBIA: St. Augustin, Huila, col. L. Garling. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Gr sphaerica, shaped like a ball, alluding to the head.

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