Pheidole veletis

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

A colony found by Alfred Emerson on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, was nesting in a rotten log on the forest floor. (Wilson 2003)

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Known from the type locality (Las Palmas, Bolivia), from Barro Colorado Island, Panama, and from Santarém, Pará, Brazil. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Bolivia (type locality), Brazil, Panama.

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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.

  • veletis. Pheidole veletis Wilson, 2003: 246, figs. (s.w.) BOLIVIA.

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

Description

Similar to Pheidole laevinota and Pheidole rufipilis and somewhat less to Pheidole laevifrons and Pheidole variegata (= Pheidole pubiventris), differing in the following combination of traits.

Major: yellow; antennal scape just reaching occipital border; humerus smoothly rounded in dorsal-oblique view; postpetiole subtrapezoidal from above; carinulae originating on frontal lobes extend halfway between level of eye and occiput; anterior fringe of pronotum and dorsal surface of propodeum transversely carinulate.

Minor: yellow; anterior fringe of pronotum transversely carinulate; propodeal spine reduced to denticle.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.96, HL 0.94, SL 0.72, EL 0.14, PW 0.50. Paratype minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.58, SL 0.66, EL 0.12, PW 0.38.

COLOR Major and minor: concolorous medium yellow.


Pheidole veletis Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

BOLIVIA: vicinity of Las Palmas, Santa Cruz, col. James C. Trager. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

L veletis, skirmisher.

References