Pheidole eriophora

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

The type colony was collected in montane rainforest. (Wilson 2003)


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Only known from the type locality.

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 3.75° to 3.75°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Colombia (type locality).

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.

  • eriophora. Pheidole eriophora Wilson, 2003: 685, figs. (s.w.) COLOMBIA.

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


DIAGNOSIS Somewhat similar to the "carapuna complex" (Pheidole boltoni, Pheidole carapuna, Pheidole cornicula, Pheidole cuprina, Pheidole jivaro and Pheidole manuana).

Major: reddish yellow; occiput narrowed, giving the head capsule plus mandibles an overall elliptical shape in full-face view; some hairs on dorsal surfaces of head curved, giving a locally woolly look to the pilosity; humerus prominent, subangulate from above; propodeal spines vertical; postpetiole from above oval; most of posterior third of head, including occiput, smooth and shiny.

Minor: propodeal dorsum transversely carinulate; sides ofpropodeum with scattered short rugulae; upper mesopleuron foveolate; propodeal spines reduced to denticles.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.12, HL 1.26, SL 0.60, EL 0.14, PW 0.64. Paratype minor: HW 0.58, HL 0.62, SL 0.52, EL 0.08, PW 0.40.

COLOR Major: body and mandibles reddish yellow, legs and antennae plain medium yellow. Minor: body and mandibles plain brownish yellow, legs and antennae plain medium yellow.

Pheidole eriophora Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

COLOMBIA: Pance, Mun. de Cali, Valle, 1700 m, col. William L. Brown and S. Chaplin. Museum of Comparative Zoology


Gr eriophora, wool-bearing, alluding to the curving, wool-like pilosity of the mesosoma.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Wilson E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, [ix] + 794 pp.