Two colonies collected at Cuzco Amazónico were nesting in clay soil of terra firme forest. One of the nests was surmounted by a castle-like superstructure of soil particles. (Wilson 2003)
See the description in the nomenclature section.
Keys including this Species
Known from the type locality, the Cocha Cashu Biological Station (Manu National Park) and Madre de Dios, Peru. (Wilson 2003)
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- galba. Pheidole galba Wilson, 2003: 292, figs. (s.w.) PERU.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Major: yellow; rugoreticulum on each side of the head reaches from the anterior border of the head capsule to a third of the way from eye level to occiput level; at the posterior end the rugoreticula give way to short carinulae that travel obliquely backward toward the sides of the head; rear half of posterior venter of head smooth; posterior third of dorsal surface of head mostly smooth but sprinkled with foveae; vertex rugulose and carinulate; propodeal spines well developed; postpetiolar dorsum smooth.
Minor: propodeal spines well developed; occiput narrowed, with nuchal collar.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.82, HL 1.92, SL 1.02, EL 0.26, PW 0.84. Paratype minor: HW 0.72, HL 0.84, SL 1.04, EL 0.18, PW 0.50.
COLOR Major: light reddish yellow.
Minor: clear medium yellow.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
PERU: Cuzco Amazónico, 15 km northeast of Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, col. Stefan Cover and J. E. Tobin. Museum of Comparative Zoology
L galba, yellow.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 292, fig. major, minor described)