Pheidole ceibana

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Pheidole ceibana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. ceibana
Binomial name
Pheidole ceibana
Wilson, 2003

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Specimen Labels

This species is only known from type specimens collected from a piece of rotting wood on a steep, forested slope. (Wilson 2003)

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Only known from the type locality.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Honduras (type locality).


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Biology

Castes

Worker

Minor

Major

Nomenclature

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

  • ceibana. Pheidole ceibana Wilson, 2003: 394, figs. (s.w.) HONDURAS.

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

Description

Similar to Pheidole dentigula, Pheidole harrisonfordi, Pheidole lemnisca, Pheidole metallescens, Pheidole peltastes, Pheidole perkinsi, Pheidole renae, Pheidole ruida, Pheidole tayrona and Pheidole xyston, differing as follows.

Major: very small; brown with pale yellow appendages; promesonotum smoothly semicircular in profile; heavily rugoreticulate occiput; and unstriped gaster.

Minor: head smooth, almost entirely sculpture-free.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.64, HL 0.70, SL 0.38, EL 0.10, PW 0.34. Paratype minor: HW 0.36, HL 0.40, SL 0.38, EL 0.08, PW 0.22.

COLOR Major and minor: body medium brown, appendages pale yellow.


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Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

HONDURAS: 13 km south of La Ceiba, Atlántida Department, 130 m, col. W. L. Brown. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Pertaining to Ceiba, near the type locality.

References