Pheidole celaena

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

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of celaena.


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Known from the type locality in Costa Rica and from Kukra Hill, Nicaragua. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Costa Rica (type locality), Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • celaena. Pheidole celaena Wilson, 2003: 673, figs. (s.w.) COSTA RICA.

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


DIAGNOSIS A medium-sized dark member of the tristis group, very close to and possibly synonymous with cornicula, also somewhat similar to Pheidole ambigua, Pheidole amata, Pheidole fera, Pheidole germaini, Pheidole peruviana, Pheidole rogeri, Pheidole rutilana, Pheidole schwarzmaieri, Pheidole superba, and Pheidole vomer, differing as follows.

Major: medium to dark reddish brown; a low angular process protrudes from center of clypeus in side view; mid-dorsal profile of pronotum in side view subangular; petiolar node tapers to a blunt point in side view; postpetiolar node from above roughly trapezoidal; carinulae originating on frontal lobes curve outward to the rear.

Minor: petiolar and postpetiolar nodes very low; humerus in dorsal-oblique view with small denticle; propodeal spines reduced to denticles; nuchal collar present.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW l.46, HL l.66, SL 0.80, EL 0.16, PW 0.64. Paratype minor: HW 0.56, HL 0.68, SL 0.82, EL 0.10, PW 0.38.

COLOR Major: head and mesosoma dark reddish brown, waist medium reddish brown, gaster light to medium brown, legs yellowish brown.

Minor: body concolorous plain brown; tarsi yellow; rest of appendages yellowish brown.

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

Type Material

COSTA RlCA: La Selva Biological Station, near Puerto Viejo, Heredia, col. Leeanne E. Tennant-Alonso. Museum of Comparative Zoology


Gr celaena, dark, referring to the body color.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.
  • Longino J. T. L., and M. G. Branstetter. 2018. The truncated bell: an enigmatic but pervasive elevational diversity pattern in Middle American ants. Ecography 41: 1-12.
  • Longino J. et al. ADMAC project. Accessed on March 24th 2017 at
  • Ottonetti L., L. Tucci, F. Frizzi, G. Chelazzi, and G. Santini. 2010. Changes in ground-foraging ant assemblages along a disturbance gradient in a tropical agricultural landscape. Ethology Ecology & Evolution 22: 73–86.