Pheidole deima

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

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of deima.


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Only known from the type locality.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality), Ecuador, Peru.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • deima. Pheidole deima Wilson, 2003: 252, figs. (s.w.) BRAZIL.

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


A member of the distorta group, characterized by the following combination of traits.

Major: central half of head in side view moderately concave; almost entire head, including genae and frontal lobes, strongly rugoreticulate; also, all of mesosoma and dorsum of petiolar node rugoreticulate; dorsum of postpetiolar node longitudinally carinulate; central section of anterior third of first gastral tergite striate; promesonotal profile weakly bilobed and overall symmetrical; propodeal spines robust, as long as the basal propodeal face.

Minor: all of posterior half of cephalic dorsum except for central strip rugoreticulate; pronotal dorsum rugoreticulate; central strip of anterior third of first gastral tergite striate; propodeal spines extremely long.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.74, HL 1.92, SL 0.80, EL 0.20, PW 0.84. Paratype minor: HW 0.80, HL 0.84, SL 0.76, EL 0.16, PW 0.54.

COLOR Major: body dark brown, appendages medium brown except for tarsi, which are yellow.

Minor: body medium brown, appendages light brown.

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

Type Material

BRAZIL: World Wildlife Fund-U. S. Field Station, 90 km north of Manaus, col. H. G. Fowler. Museum of Comparative Zoology


Gr deima, a fearful thing.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Franco W., N. Ladino, J. H. C. Delabie, A. Dejean, J. Orivel, M. Fichaux, S. Groc, M. Leponce, and R. M. Feitosa. 2019. First checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of French Guiana. Zootaxa 4674(5): 509-543.
  • Groc S., J. H. C. Delabie, F. Fernandez, M. Leponce, J. Orivel, R. Silvestre, Heraldo L. Vasconcelos, and A. Dejean. 2013. Leaf-litter ant communities (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in a pristine Guianese rainforest: stable functional structure versus high species turnover. Myrmecological News 19: 43-51.