Pheidole zeteki

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Pheidole zeteki
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. zeteki
Binomial name
Pheidole zeteki
Smith, M.R., 1947

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Specimen Labels

A colony found on the Blanchiseusse Road in Trinidad was in montane rainforest, nesting in a very decayed log (Stefan Cover, collection notes).

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Known from single collections on Barro Colorado, Panama; Morne Bleu, Northern Range and the Blanchiseusse Road, Trinidad; Puyo, Pastaza, Ecuador; and Cuzco Amazónico, near Maldonado, Peru. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Ecuador, Panama (type locality), Peru, Trinidad and Tobago.

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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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.

  • zeteki. Pheidole (Decapheidole) zeteki Smith, M.R. 1947h: 194 (w.) PANAMA. See also: Wilson, 2003: 554.

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): DIAGNOSIS A member of the perpusilla group (very small, with 10-segmented antennae), close to Pheidole perpusilla. Distinguished as follows.

Major: anterior half of dorsum of head mostly covered by longitudinal carinulae, and posterior half foveolate and opaque; propodeal spines long and backward-directed; dorsum of postpetiolar node and anterior half of central strip of first gastral tergite foveolate and opaque.

Minor: all of head and mesosoma foveolate and opaque.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Major (Trinidad): HW 0.66, HL 0.66, SL 0.34, EL 0.08, PW 0.34. Minor (Trinidad): HW 0.32, HL 0.36, SL 0.30, EL 0.06, PW 0.24.

COLOR Major: concolorous medium yellow.

Minor: concolorous light reddish yellow.


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Figure. Upper: major. Lower: minor. TRINIDAD: Blanchiseusse Road, 10 km marker. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

National Museum of Natural History and Museum of Comparative Zoology - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Etymology

Named after James Zetek, early biologist of the Barro Colorado field station. (Wilson 2003)

References

  • Smith, M. R. 1947h. Notes on Pheidole (Decapheidole) and the description of a new species (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Rev. Entomol. (Rio J.) 18: 193-196 (page 194, worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 554, fig. major, minor described)