Wheeler, W.M., 1911
Nothing is known about the biology of tisiphone.
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- tisiphone. Pheidole tisiphone Wheeler, W.M. 1911h: 203 (s.) MEXICO. Combination in P. (Elasmopheidole): Emery, 1915i: 190. See also: Wilson, 2003: 632.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
From Wilson (2003): DIAGNOSIS A large member of the scrobifera group, with a bizarre major instantly recognizable by shield-shaped head in full-face view, with the frontal lobes expanded laterally to touch the lateral margins of the head at the level of the eyes and behind it and extended anteriorly almost to touch the anterior clypeal border; by the very dense, long hairs covering the entire head, with those around the region of the eye curving posteriorly; and by the deep, narrow antennal scrobes. The mesonotum is rugoreticulate in the Guatemalan specimen, and mostly carinulate in the unique holotype, but otherwise the two specimens are very close.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.80, HL 2.16, SL 0.76, EL 0.20, PW 1.00.
COLOR Major: body light reddish brown, appendages light reddish to yellowish brown.
Figure. Major. GUATEMALA: San Jose (E. S. Ross, in Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard). Compared with holotype. Scale bars = 1 mm.
Almoloya, Oaxaca, Mexico, col. Frederick Knab. National Museum of Natural History - as reported in Wilson (2003)
Tisiphone, Avenger of Murders, one of the Furies of Greek mythology. (Wilson 2003)
Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. Text and images from this publication used by permission of the author.