The majors and minors in the type series were collected as foragers on the ground of rainforest. (Wilson 2003)
- 1 Identification
- 2 Distribution
- 3 Biology
- 4 Castes
- 5 Nomenclature
- 6 References
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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Only known from the type locality.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- zelata. Pheidole zelata Wilson, 2003: 250, 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.
A member of the diligens group similar in various characters to Pheidole coffeicola, Pheidole gagates, Pheidole hoelldobleri, Pheidole insipida, Pheidole peregrina, Pheidole spilota and Pheidole venatrix, distinguished as follows.
Major: reddish yellow; propodeal spine long, narrow, needle-like; rugoreticulum present between eye and antennal fossa; pronotal dorsum, foveolate, its anterior fourth transversely carinulate; anterior face of propodeum seen in dorsal-oblique view drops precipitously to metanotum; a small convexity present in middle of pronotal dorsum.
Minor: propodeal spine thin, needle-like; space between eye and antennal fossa both foveolate and carinulate; rest of head smooth; all of mesosoma foveolate; pilosity on dorsal mesosomal border consists of evenly spaced pairs of setae.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.22, HL 1.22, SL 0.92, EL 0.22, PW 0.60. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.68, SL 0.90, EL 0.18, PW 0.42.
COLOR Major: light reddish yellow except for head anterior to eyes and appendages, which are plain yellow.
Minor: head and body light brown except head anterior to eyes and gaster, which are brownish yellow; antennae brownish yellow; rest of appendages plain yellow.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
Type Locality Information
BOLIVIA: 35 km south-southeast of Flor de Oro, Santa Cruz, 13°50'S 60°52'W, 450 m, col. Philip S. Ward.
L zelata, ardent, enthusiastic.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 250, fig. major, minor described)