Pheidole ecuadorana

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

This species is only known from type specimens. They were collected in a clearing created by a tree fall in second-growth forest. (Wilson 2003)

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Only known from the type locality.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Ecuador (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • ecuadorana. Pheidole ecuadorana Wilson, 2003: 413, figs. (s.w.) ECUADOR.

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

Description

A medium-sized bicolorous (major) or light brown (minor) species with extremely long pilosity in both castes; narrow occiput with following collar in the minor; high, subangular humerus in dorsal-oblique view in the major; and mostly smooth shiny head and pronotum in both castes. The propodeal spiracle of the minor is unusual in its elliptical shape and position on the propodeum.

Most similar to Pheidole erratilis, Pheidole flavifrons and Pheidole petersoni, but differing in many details of body shape, sculpturing, pilosity, as illustrated, and in color.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.82, HL 0.82, SL 0.50, EL 0.10, PW 0.42. Paratype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.54, SL 0.50, EL 0.06, PW 0.32.

COLOR Major: head yellow with large, circular, medium-brown spot on vertex as shown; appendages yellow; rest of body brownish yellow.

Minor: concolorous light brown.


Pheidole ecuadorana Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

ECUADOR: Endesa Forest Reserve, Pichincha Province, col. Leeanne Tennant-Alonso. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Named after the country of the type locality.

References