This species is only known from type specimens. The type colony was found in mature terra firme rainforest, nesting in a 8-cm-wide dead branch 3 m from the ground. (Wilson 2003)
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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Only known from the type locality.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- gilva. Pheidole gilva Wilson, 2003: 427, 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; humeri in dorsal-oblique view are a “sharkfin” shape, pointing forward, and from above extend just beyond the margins of the pronotum below; propodeal spines more than half as long as the propodeal basal face preceding them; postpetiole from above diamond-shaped; rugoreticulum fills space between each eye and adjacent antennal fossa, and rest of dorsal head surface mostly carinulate; most of dorsal head surface and all of mesosoma foveolate.
Minor: humeri acute-angular, each bearing a long seta at the tip; occiput narrowed, with a nuchal collar; all of head, mesosoma, and waist foveolate.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.12, HL 1.10, SL 0.64, EL 0.14, PW 0.56. Paratype minor: HW 0.56, HL 0.62, SL 0.62, EL 0.08, PW 0.38.
COLOR Major: concolorous medium yellow.
Minor: concolorous pale 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 John E. Tobin. Museum of Comparative Zoology
L gilva, pale yellow, alluding to color of minor.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 427, fig. major, minor described)