Pheidole tetroides

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

The types were attracted to a bait at night. (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: Mexico (type locality).

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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.

  • tetroides. Pheidole tetroides Wilson, 2003: 352, figs. (s.w.) MEXICO.

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

Description

DIAGNOSIS A member of the fallax group resembling Pheidole chiapasana, Pheidole dentata, Pheidole humeridens, Pheidole industa, Pheidole laeviventris, Pheidole madrensis and Pheidole maja in various characters, distinguished as follows.

Major: in full-face view the occipital margin is deep, with a subangular nadir; rugoreticulum of head extends in a swath from eye to antennal fossa; carinulae of dorsal surface of head extend almost to midpoint between level of eyes and level of occiput, and foveolation extends well beyond the midpoint; humerus in dorsal-oblique view angulate, and pronotal profile bilobose; propodeal spines strongly developed; postpetiole from above elliptical, with angulate lateral margins; anterior and posterior margins of pronotal dorsum carinulate.

Minor: closely resembles that of tetra in the crassicornis group (q.v.).

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.16, HL 1.24, SL 0.76, EL 0.18, PW 0.64. Paratype minor: HW 0.56, HL 0.66, SL 0.76, EL 0.14, PW 0.40.

COLOR Major: light reddish brown except for gaster, which is medium reddish brown.

Minor: concolorous plain medium brown; appendages light brown, changing to yellow on the tarsi.


Pheidole tetroides Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Holotype, major. [Paratype minors closely resemble minors of Pheidole tetra (q.v.).] Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

MEXICO: 38 km southeast of Tepic, Nayarit, 1220 m, col. R. J. Hamton. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Gr tetroides, similar to Pheidole tetra.

References