Pheidole epetrion

Every Ant Tells a Story - And Scientists Explain Their Stories Here
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Pheidole epetrion
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. epetrion
Binomial name
Pheidole epetrion
Wilson, 2003

Collected on the floor of second-growth forest. (Wilson 2003)


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: Ecuador (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

Check data from AntWeb


This species is only known from the minor.


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

  • epetrion. Pheidole epetrion Wilson, 2003: 625, figs. (w.) ECUADOR.

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


DIAGNOSIS A member of the scrobifera group known only from the minor, close to Pheidole simonsi of northeastern Mexico and Panama, differing in the longer propodeal spines, carinulate genae, absence of a nuchal collar, and mostly foveolate, opaque dorsal half of the head capsule.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype minor: HW 0.66, HL 0.68, SL 0.70, EL 0.14, PW 0.42. Minor: body blackish brown, tarsi yellow, rest of appendages medium brown.

COLOR Minor: body blackish brown, tarsi yellow, rest of appendages medium brown.

Pheidole epetrion Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

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


Gr epetrion, needle, referring to the needle-like propodeal spine.