Pheidole durionei

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Pheidole durionei
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. durionei
Binomial name
Pheidole durionei
Santschi, 1923

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of durionei.


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: Argentina (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.



Images from AntWeb

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Paralectotype of Pheidole durioneiWorker. Specimen code casent0913476. Photographer Will Ericson, uploaded by California Academy of Sciences. Owned by NHMB, Basel, Switzerland.


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

  • durionei. Pheidole wolfringi st. durionei Santschi, 1923d: 51 (s.w.) ARGENTINA. Raised to species: Wilson, 2003: 288.

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


From Wilson (2003): A member of the “jujuyensis complex” of the larger fallax group, comprising Pheidole araneoides, Pheidole cuevasi, Pheidole durionei, Pheidole jujuyensis, Pheidole kugleri, Pheidole leonina, Pheidole leptina, Pheidole lucretii, Pheidole lupus, Pheidole paraensis, Pheidole punctithorax, Pheidole tijucana, Pheidole wallacei and Pheidole wolfringi. P. durionei is distinguished as follows.

Major: antennal scape exceeding occipital corner by 2X its own maximum width; carinulae on dorsal surface of head reaching almost all the way to the occiput, which is foveolate and opaque; rugoreticulum on head stretches on each side from eye to antennal fossa and anteriorly almost to the anterior border of the head; margins of pronotal dorsum foveolate; propodeal spines equilaterally triangular; postpetiole from above diamond-shaped, with angular lateral margins.

Minor: propodeal spines reduced to barely discernible denticles; region mesad to and forward from eyes foveolate; occiput narrowed, with nuchal collar.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.20, HL 1.34, SL 1.22, EL 0.24, PW 0.60. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.52, HL 0.74, SL 1.08, EL 0.16, PW 0.40.

COLOR Major: body and appendages light reddish brown except for gaster, which is plain medium brown.

Minor: concolorous brownish yellow.

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Figure. Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Lectotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

ARGENTINA: Tanti Viejo, Córdoba. Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel - as reported in Wilson (2003)


Eponymous. (Wilson 2003)


  • Santschi, F. 1923d. Pheidole et quelques autres fourmis néotropiques. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 63: 45-69 (page 51, soldier, worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, [ix] + 794 pp.: 794pp (page 288, Raised to species: new status, fig. major, minor described)