Pheidole huilana

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

The colony was found in cloud forest, and included a male when collected on 16 January 1978. (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: 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 New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • huilana. Pheidole huilana Wilson, 2003: 710, 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 Similar in various traits to Pheidole balzani, Pheidole gaigei and Pheidole godmani, differing as follows.

Major: head very broad, with Head Width greater than Head Length, and tapering from occiput to clypeus; antennal scape long, approaching the occipital corner within about its own maximum width; eye large, set forward, Eye Length almost as great as the distance from eye to anterior genal border; promesonotal dorsum flat; mesonotal convexity very low; entire head posterior to eyes smooth and shiny.

Minor: eye large and set forward, with Eye Length equal to distance from eye to anterior genal border; occiput broad, yet with nuchal collar; propodeal spines reduced to denticles.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.04, HL 1.00, SL 0.74, EL 0.20, PW 0.52. Paratype minor: HW 0.56, HL 0.66, SL 0.76, EL 0.14, PW 0.34.

COLOR Major: body medium reddish brown, appendages dark yellow.

Minor: body yellowish brown, legs dark yellow.

Pheidole huilana Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

COLOMBIA: Parque Nacional Cuevas de los Guacharos, 10 km southeast of Palestina, Huila, 2200 m, col. C. Kugler and J. Hahn. Museum of Comparative Zoology


Named after the Colombian department in which the type colony was collected.