Nothing is known about the biology of sphaerica.
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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Only known from the type locality.
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Known only from the major caste.
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.
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”).
Figure. Holotype, major. Scale bars = 1 mm.
COLOMBIA: St. Augustin, Huila, col. L. Garling. Museum of Comparative Zoology
Gr sphaerica, shaped like a ball, alluding to the head.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 755, fig. major described)