Wilson Pheidole 2003

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Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.

This important revisionary work was dedicated to the Memory of William Louis Brown (1922-1997).

The ad copy from Harvard University Press includes this synopsis of Wilson's superb treatment of the New World Pheidole: "Species of the genus Pheidole are the most abundant and diverse ants of the New World and range from the northern United States to Argentina. In this richly illustrated book, Edward O. Wilson untangles its classification for the first time, characterizing all 625 known species, 341 of which are new to science, and ordering them into 19 species groups. The author's keys and drawings, the latter showing complete body views arranged in the style of field books, allow rapid identification by anyone with an elementary understanding of entomology. In presenting all of Pheidole, the book covers one-fifth of the known ant species of the Western Hemisphere, including many of the commonest forms."

Another taxonomist with a great interest in New World Pheidole is Jack Longino. Here is a comment about this revision [1] and information about the diverse Costa Rican Pheidole fauna (including a species list for that country).


Identification Keys

Species ordered by Species Groups

Wilson's species groups, and their constituent species:

aberrans

biconstricta

crasssicornis

diligens

distorta

fallax

flavens

gertrudae

granulata

lamia

megacephala

perpusilla

pilifera

punctatissima

scrobifera

tachigaliae

teneriffana

transversostriata

tristis


Species ordered by Species Name

An alphabetical list of the species covered in this revision:

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

U

V

W

X

Y

Z