Pheidole wolfringi

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Pheidole wolfringi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. wolfringi
Binomial name
Pheidole wolfringi
Forel, 1908

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of wolfringi.

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Kempf (1972b) records wolfringi from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Minor

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • wolfringi. Pheidole wolfringi Forel, 1908c: 374 (s.w.) BRAZIL. See also: Wilson, 2003: 363.

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 “jujuyensis complex” of the larger fallax group, comprising Pheidole araneoides, Pheidole chocoensis, Pheidole cuevasi, Pheidole jujuyensis, Pheidole kugleri, Pheidole leonina, Pheidole leptina, Pheidole lucretii, Pheidole lupus, Pheidole paraensis, Pheidole punctithorax, Pheidole tijucana, Pheidole wallacei and Pheidole wolfringi. P. wolfringi is distinguished as follows.

Major: antennal scape exceeds occipital corner by 2X its own maximum width; posterior two-fifths of dorsal head surface and all of posterior four-fifths of side of head smooth and shiny; carinulae originating laterad to frontal carinae fan outward; rugoreticulum limited on each side of head to small patch near antennal fossa; mesonotal convexity in dorsal-oblique view semicircular; propodeal spines reduced to denticles; pronotum and all of waist foveolate; petiolar node in side view with angulate apex.

Minor: propodeal spines reduced to denticles; pronotum mostly foveolate; occiput constricted into neck, with nuchal collar.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.20, HL 1.24, SL 1.12, EL 0.22, PW 0.66. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.54, HL 0.76, SL 1.10, EL 0.18, PW 0.42.

COLOR Major: concolorous light brown.

Minor: body light brown, appendages a shade lighter.


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

Lectotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

BRAZIL: São Paulo. Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

Eponymous. (Wilson 2003)

References

  • Forel, A. 1908c. Fourmis de Costa-Rica récoltées par M. Paul Biolley. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 44: 35–72.
  • Forel, A. 1908h. Ameisen aus Sao Paulo (Brasilien), Paraguay etc. gesammelt von Prof. Herm. v. Ihering, Dr. Lutz, Dr. Fiebrig, etc. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 58: 340-418 (page 374, soldier, worker described)
  • Kempf, W. W. 1972b. Catálogo abreviado das formigas da região Neotropical. Stud. Entomol. 15: 3–344.Kempf, W. W. 1972b. Catálogo abreviado das formigas da região Neotropical. Stud. Entomol. 15: 3–344.
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 363, fig. major, minor described)