The nest contained a seed cache and males 9- 12 March. (Wilson 2003)
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- zoster. Pheidole zoster Wilson, 2003: 778, figs. (s.w.) PERU.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
DIAGNOSIS A large, bicolorous (major) or reddish yellow (minor) member of the tristis group whose major has a very large ovalangulate postpetiolar node, prominent subpostpetiolar convexity, dense parallel transverse carinulae covering all of the promesonotum, and completely foveolate and opaque dorsal head surface and first gastral tergite.
Minor: with large, somewhat elongated bell-shaped postpetiole; subpostpetiolar process; short, erect propodeal spines, and completely foveolate and opaque dorsal head surface and first gastral tergite.
Similar to Pheidole alpinensis, Pheidole exarata, Pheidole excubitor, Pheidole germaini, Pheidole grandinodus, Pheidole obrima, Pheidole rogeri, Pheidole stulta and Pheidole tristis, differing in many details of body form, sculpturing, and pilosity, as illustrated, and in color.
MEASUREMENTS (mrn) Holotype major: HW l.64, HL l.82, SL 0.82, EL 0.20, PW 0.88. Paratype minor: HW 0.70, HL 0.74, SL 0.68, EL 0.14, PW 0.44.
COLOR Major: head, mesosoma, and petiole reddish yellow; mandibles medium brown; postpetiole and gaster light brown; legs and antennae dark yellow.
Minor: reddish yellow.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
PERU: Tingo Maria, col. William L. Brown. Museum of Comparative Zoology
Gr zoster, belt, girdle, referring to the broad postpetiole.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 778, fig. major, minor described)