Pheidole darlingtoni

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Pheidole darlingtoni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. darlingtoni
Binomial name
Pheidole darlingtoni
Wheeler, W.M., 1936

MCZENT00020762 Pheidole darlingtoni minor profile.jpg

Specimen Label

Pheidole darlingtoni is only known from type specimens, all minors, from southwestern Haiti. Nothing is known about its biology.


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Evidently an endemic of Haiti; it may possibly also turn up in the Dominican Republic when mountain habitats are better collected. (Wilson 2003)

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 18.38° to 18.38°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Greater Antilles, Haiti (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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.


Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




Known only from minors.


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

  • darlingtoni. Pheidole darlingtoni Wheeler, W.M. 1936b: 198 (w.) HAITI. See also: Wilson, 2003: 405.

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


From Wilson (2003): Known only from the minor, which is readily distinguished by its unique coloration (see below), moderate-sized propodeal spines, and mostly foveolate head and mesosoma.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Syntype minor: HW 0.32, HL 0.48, SL 0.42, EL 0.06, PW 0.28.

COLOR Minor: bicolored; mostly pale, whitish yellow, with light brown postpetiole, gaster, portions of head as shown, and scapes.

Pheidole darlingtoni Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Syntype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

Syntype Specimen Labels

HAITI: Massif de la Hotte, col. P. J. Darlington. Museum of Comparative Zoology - as reported in Wilson (2003)


Named after the collector, the distinguished coleopterist and biogeographer Philip J. Darlington. (Wilson 2003)


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Perez-Gelabert D. E. 2008. Arthropods of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti): A checklist and bibliography. Zootaxa 1831:1-530.
  • Wheeler, William Morton. 1936. Ants From Hispaniola and Mona Island. Bulletin: Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College. 80(2):192-211.
  • Wilson, E.O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A Dominant, Hyperdiverse Genus. Harvard University Press