Pheidole ampangabe

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Pheidole ampangabe
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species group: fervens
Species: P. ampangabe
Binomial name
Pheidole ampangabe
Salata & Fisher, 2021

The species was collected at 1417 m in elevation, in savannah woodland. The nest was located under a rotten log.

Identification

A member of the Pheidole fervens species group. Pheidole ampangabe is probably endemic to savannah woodlands of Ampangabe and its distribution doesn’t overlap with other members of the group. Majors of P. ampangabe can be easily separated from other species based on smooth occipital lobe and entirely punctate gaster. Minors, with indistinctly punctate head sculpture, are most similar to Pheidole mamirapiratra but they differ in brown body coloration and partially smooth promesonotum. In contrast, minors of P. mamirapiratra have entirely sculptured promesonotum and yellow to yellowish brown body.

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Malagasy Region: Madagascar (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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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.

  • ampangabe. Pheidole ampangabe Salata & Fisher, 2021: 9, figs. 2A, 3A, 4A, 4H, 5A, 5H, 6A–6F (w.s.) MADAGASCAR.

Type Material

  • HOLOTYPE: 1s., Madagascar, Fianarantsoa, Ampangabe IV Non-Protected Area, 21.37 km W Itremo, -20.61278 46.60774, 1417 m, 21-Mar-2010, savannah woodland, under rotten log, A. Ravelomanana leg., ARA0859, CASENT0923264 (California Academy of Sciences).
  • PARATYPES: 1w., the same data as holotype, CASENT0236484 (California Academy of Sciences).

Description

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