Pheidole termitobia

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Pheidole termitobia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. termitobia
Binomial name
Pheidole termitobia
Forel, 1901

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Specimen Labels

Forel records the types, transmitted to him by Erich Wasmann, as discovered “chez les termites,” with no further details. (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: Brazil (type locality).

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Minor

Nomenclature

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

  • termitobia. Pheidole termitobia Forel, 1901g: 390 (s.w.q.) BRAZIL. See also: Wilson, 2003: 522.

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

Description

From Wilson (2003): DIAGNOSIS A member of the flavens group, similar to Pheidole ademonia, Pheidole cardiella, Pheidole infernalis, Pheidole peltastes and Pheidole sospes, and distinguished from them and other species of the group as follows.

Major: reddish yellow; occiput and sides of head rugoreticulate; vertex, frontal lobes, and genae carinulate; antennal scrobes present; all of head, mesosoma, and waist foveolate and opaque; humeri rugoreticulate, and anterior margin of pronotum transversely carinulate; propodeal spines strongly developed; postpetiole from above oval.

Minor: reddish yellow; all of head and mesosoma foveolate and opaque; carinulae of head reach eye level; humeri subangulate.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 0.84, HL 0.84, SL 0.52, EL 0.10, PW 0.42. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.42, HL 0.46, SL 0.42, EL 0.06, PW 0.32.

COLOR Major and minor: light reddish yellow, appendages clear yellow.


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Figure. Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Lectotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

BRAZIL: São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul. Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

L Gr termitobia, living with termites. (Wilson 2003)

References

  • Forel, A. 1901l. Fourmis termitophages, Lestobiose, Atta tardigrada, sous-genres d'Euponera. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 45: 389-398 (page 390, soldier, worker, queen described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 522, fig. major, minor described)