Pheidole defecta' is only known from one major worker from an unspecified site in Guatemala (Longino 2019).
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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This species is only known from majors.
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- defecta. Pheidole defecta Santschi, 1923d: 54 (s.) GUATEMALA. See also: Hölldobler & Wilson, 1992: 16; Wilson, 2003: 575.
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 unique but problematic species known only from the holotype major, tentatively placed in the pilifera group because of the 2-toothed hypostoma but equally well placed in the flavens group because of the overall habitus; the discovery of the minor may help settle the matter. Close in habitus to Pheidole nasutoides (which is placed in the flavens group), but differing in promesonotal shape, smaller size of the propodeal spine and spiracle, mostly smooth and shiny body, much sparser pilosity, and different color.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.10, HL 1.10, SL 0.64, EL 0.16, PW 0.56.
COLOR Major: concolorous medium yellow.
Figure. Unique holotype, major. Scale bars = 1 mm.
GUATEMALA (no further locality). Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel - as reported in Wilson (2003)
L defecta, fault, lack (significance unknown). (Wilson 2003)
- Hölldobler, B.; Wilson, E. O. 1992. Pheidole nasutoides, a new species of Costa Rican ant that apparently mimics termites. Psyche (Camb.) 99: 15-22 (page 16, redescription)
- Longino, J.T. 2019. Pheidole (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) of Middle American Wet Forest. Zootaxa 4599: 1–126 (DOI 10.11646/zootaxa.4599.1.1).*Santschi, F. 1923d. Pheidole et quelques autres fourmis néotropiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 63: 45-69 (page 54, soldier described)
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 575, fig. major described)