Pheidole huacana

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

Nothing is known about the biology of huacana.


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, Peru (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • huacana. Pheidole huacana Wilson, 2003: 300, 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.


A member of the fallax group, close to Pheidole galba and Pheidole oliveirai, distinguished as follows.

Major: yellow; nadir of occipital mid-cleft seen in full-face view very deep, reached by carinulae that start on the vertex and run along the mid line of the head; rugoreticulum on each side of head runs from the eye to and into the circular carinulae around the antennal fossa; the rugoreticulum leads at the level of the posterior margin of the eye to weak rugulae that proceed obliquely toward the lateral head margin; frontal lobes mostly covered by rugulae; propodeal spines well-developed, often nearly vertical as shown; postpetiolar node from above transversely carinulate.

Minor: propodeal spines well-developed; occiput narrowed, with nuchal crest. Propodeal spines directed strongly upwards.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.88, HL 2.08, SL 1.10, EL 0.24, PW 0.92. Paratype minor: HW 0.76, HL 0.94, SL 1.18, EL 0.18, PW 0.54.

COLOR Major: concolorous reddish yellow (“orange”).

Minor: concolorous medium yellow.

Pheidole huacana Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

PERU: Quincemil, Cuzco, 750 m, col. L. Pena. Museum of Comparative Zoology


L huacana, from huaca, belonging to Inca spirits of the land.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bezdeckova K., P. Bedecka, and I. Machar. 2015. A checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Peru. Zootaxa 4020 (1): 101–133.