Pheidole auropilosa

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Pheidole auropilosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. auropilosa
Binomial name
Pheidole auropilosa
Mayr, 1887

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of auropilosa.


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Southeastern Brazil, from Espírito Santo south to Rio Grande do Sul, and Misiones, Argentina. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Argentina, Brazil (type locality), Paraguay.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • auropilosa. Pheidole auropilosa Mayr, 1887: 596 (s.), 606 (w.), 608 (q.m.) BRAZIL. See also: Wilson, 2003: 658.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


From Wilson (2003): DIAGNOSIS A very large, yellow member of the tristis group strongly distinguished by the following traits.

Major: humerus seen in dorsal-oblique view very prominent, bluntly right-angular; a convex process extrudes from center of postpetiolar venter in side view; postpetiolar node diamond-shaped from above; anterior two-thirds of dorsal surface of head densely covered by longitudinal carinulae, those originating from the anterior margin of the lateral clypeal border curving outward toward the eye and those originating from the posterior frontal carinae traveling to the sides of the head.

Minor: occipital border broad, lacking nuchal collar; postpetiole diamond-shaped from above.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 2.06, HL 2.06, SL 1.10, EL 0.22, PW 0.86. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.84, HL 0.84, SL 1.04, EL 0.14, PW 0.52.

COLOR Major: body light reddish yellow, shaded slightly darker on the gaster.

Minor: concolorous dark yellow.

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Figure. Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Syntype Specimen Labels

Type Material

BRAZIL: Santa Catarina. Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna - as reported in Wilson (2003)


L auropilosa, golden (yellow) hair. (Wilson 2003)


  • Mayr, G. 1887. Südamerikanische Formiciden. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 37: 511-632 (page 596, 606, 608, soldier described, worker described, queen, male described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 658, fig. major, minor described)