Pheidole tepuicola

AntWiki - Where Ant Biologists Share Their Knowledge
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Pheidole tepuicola
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. tepuicola
Binomial name
Pheidole tepuicola
Wilson, 2003

Nothing is known about the biology of tepuicola.

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

AntMapLegend.png

Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

Check data from AntWeb

Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • tepuicola. Pheidole tepuicola Wilson, 2003: 239, 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

A member of the diligens group, similar to Pheidole alfaroi, Pheidole diana, Pheidole laelaps, Pheidole riveti, Pheidole seligmanni, distinguished by the following combination of traits.

Major: antennal scape exceeds occipital lobe by 2X its own maximum width; posterior third of head capsule dorsum smooth and shiny; carinulae originating on the frontal lobes relatively sparse, and those near the frontal carinae bend outward (laterad) toward the lateral margins of the head; propodeal spines reduced to erect denticles.

Minor: nuchal collar relatively thin and indistinct; propodeal spines reduced to erect denticles that point slightly forward; all of posterior dorsal half of head and of mesosomal dorsum crossed by transverse carinulae.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.24, HL 1.28, SL 1.08, EL 0.20, PW 0.62. Paratype minor: HW 0.54, HL 0.80, SL 0.96, EL 0.14, PW 0.40.

COLOR Major: concolorous brownish yellow.

Minor: head and gaster light brown; mesosoma, waist, and appendages brownish yellow.


Pheidole tepuicola Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

VENEZUELA: east slope of Kamarkabarai Tepui, Bolivar, 5°53'N 62°01'W, 1800 m, col. J. Lattke. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

L tepuicola, tepui dweller.

References