Pheidole weiseri

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Pheidole weiseri
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. weiseri
Binomial name
Pheidole weiseri
Santschi, 1923

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of weiseri.

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: Argentina (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.

  • weiseri. Pheidole (Elasmopheidole) aberrans st. weiseri Santschi, 1923d: 64 (s.w.q.) ARGENTINA. Raised to species: Wilson, 2003: 142.

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): A member of the aberrans group, closest to Pheidole minensis and Pheidole obscurifrons.

Major: light yellow; frontal lobes seen from the side form prominent lobes that only partly overhang the clypeus; seen from above, the lobes are broad, and subangular at their anterior tips, which extend to within an Eye Length of the anterior clypeal border; tips of frontal lobes smooth, which surfaces are succeeded posteriorly by a broad band of carinulae, and this gives way at eye level to a smooth area that extends all the way to the occiput; pronotal profile semicircular; faint carinulae line the lower pronotal margin.

Minor: pronotum covered by semicircular carinulae, and mesopleuron by foveolae and longitudinal carinulae.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.42, HL 1.64, SL 0.58, EL 0.18, PW 0.84. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.80, HL 0.80, SL 0.58, EL 0.12, PW 0.48.

COLOR Major: concolorous light reddish yellow.

Minor: body light brown, appendages brownish yellow.


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

Type Material

ARGENTINA: Pucapampa, near Santa Catalina, Jujuy. Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

Eponymous. (Wilson 2003)

References

  • Santschi, F. 1923d. Pheidole et quelques autres fourmis néotropiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 63: 45-69 (page 64, soldier, worker, queen described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 142, fig. major, minor described; Raised to species)