Pheidole tachirana

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

This species is only known from type specimens. A male was with the type colony at the time of collection 9 August. (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: Venezuela (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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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.

  • tachirana. Pheidole tachirana Wilson, 2003: 515, figs. (s.w.) VENEZUELA.

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

Description

DIAGNOSIS Similar in various traits to Pheidole cerina, Pheidole hizemops, Pheidole mackayi, Pheidole micon and Pheidole tenebra, differing as follows.

Major: reddish yellow; mesonotal convexity subangular; small subangulate process present on postpetiolar venter; anterior third of dorsum and posterior lower margin of pronotum carinulate; lower sides of pronotum foveolate; a small patch of rugoreticulum present posterior to each antennal fossa; carinulae just mesad to each eye extend only about 2 Eye Length beyond the eye.

Minor: head and mesosoma entirely foveolate; propodeal spines short and thin; occiput broad, its margin feebly concave, nuchal collar absent.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.72, HL 0.84, SL 0.40, EL 0.12, PW 0.34. Paratype minor: HW 0.40, HL 0.46, SL 0.42, EL 0.06, PW 0.24.

COLOR Major: body medium reddish yellow, appendages plain medium yellow. Minor: body dark yellow, appendages medium yellow.


Pheidole tachirana Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

VENEZUELA: El Espinal, near Michelena, Táchira, 1260 m, col. John Lattke. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Named after the state in which the type colony was found.

References