Pheidole tillandsiarum

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Pheidole tillandsiarum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. tillandsiarum
Binomial name
Pheidole tillandsiarum
Wheeler, W.M., 1934

This species is only known from type specimens. The type colony was collected from an epiphyte (Tillandsia streptophylla). (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).

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.

  • tillandsiarum. Pheidole floridana subsp. tillandsiarum Wheeler, W.M. 1934g: 166 (s.w.) MEXICO. Raised to species: Wilson, 2003: 525.

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 Similar in various details to Pheidole amabilis, Pheidole arhuaca, Pheidole citrina, Pheidole crinita, Pheidole delicata, Pheidole floridana, Pheidole hedlundorum, Pheidole mallota, Pheidole melastomae, Pheidole nitidicollis, Pheidole similigena, and Pheidole terresi, differing as follows.

Major: yellow; occipital lobes smooth and shiny, and most of rest of head carinulate and sparsely foveolate; carinulate immediately mesad to eye curve forward (in side view) to travel to the anterior genal border; mesonotal convexity present but rudimentary; entire mesosoma foveolate; postpetiole from above trapezoidal.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 0.86, HL 0.90, SL 0.44, EL 0.12, PW 0.40.

COLOR Major: medium yellow with reddish overtone except for appendages and gaster, which are plain medium yellow.


Pheidole tillandsiarum Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Lectotype, major. Minor not seen. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

Described from a number of soldiers and workers (Nos. 201 and 218), taken by Dr. Skwarra at Mirador, Vera Cruz, nesting in Tillandsia streptophylla. MEXICO: Mirador, Veracruz, col. Elisabeth Skwarra.

Museum of Comparative Zoology, minors not seen - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

L tillandsiarum, belonging to tillandsias (bromeliad epiphytes). (Wilson 2003)

References

  • Wheeler, W. M. 1934g. Neotropical ants collected by Dr. Elisabeth Skwarra and others. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 77: 157-240 (page 166, soldier, worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 525, fig. major described; Raised to species: new status)