Pheidole abakytan

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Pheidole abakytan
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species group: diligens
Species: P. abakytan
Binomial name
Pheidole abakytan
Casadei-Ferreira, Economo & Feitosa, 2020

This species was collected in pitfall traps in a savanna area at 917 m. The type-locality, Parque Estadual do Cerrado in Jaguariaíva, Paraná state, represents the southernmost fragment of the Cerrado biome in Brazil, where the prevailing vegetation are the open woodlands.

Identification

Similar species are Pheidole laevifrons, Pheidole lemur, and Pheidole zelata. All these species, which are included in the diligens group, present majors with lateral margins of the head with appressed setae, space between eye and frontal carina with a small reticulaterugose patch, and vertexal surface smooth. Pheidole abakytan can be differentiated from Pheidole laevifrons by first gastral tergum with a combination of stiff standing and appressed setae, while in Pheidole laevifrons these setae are flexuous. Pheidole lemur has the first gastral tergum finely areolate, and Pheidole abakytan has a smooth gastral surface. The main difference between Pheidole zelata and Pheidole abakytan is that the propodeal projection is spiniform in Pheidole zelata while in Pheidole abakytan this projection is triangular. Minors of Pheidole abakytan have the head surface predominantly areolate, and in Pheidole laevifrons and Pheidole zelata the surface is smooth.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality).


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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • aciculata. Pheidole abakytan Casadei-Ferreira, Economo & Feitosa, 2020: 5, figs. 1, 11 (w.) BRAZIL.

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