Pheidole koshewnikovi

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Pheidole koshewnikovi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. koshewnikovi
Binomial name
Pheidole koshewnikovi
Ruzsky, 1905

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Specimen Labels




Khalili-Moghadam et al. (2019) report the first record of P. koshewnikovi from Iran. According to the recent revision of the Pheidole pallidula species-group (SEIFERT 2016), however, all previous Iranian records of Pheidole pallidula probably relate to P. koshewnikovi, which is the species with the easternmost distribution of this group.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Greece, Iran, Kazakhstan (type locality), Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Russian Federation, Turkey, Uzbekistan (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.

  • koshewnikovi. Pheidole pallidula subsp. koshewnikovi Ruzsky, 1905b: 648 (s.w.) KAZAKHSTAN.
    • Subspecies of pallidula: Baroni Urbani, 1968b: 448; Tarbinsky, 1976: 70; Bolton, 1995b: 324.
    • Status as species: Seifert, 2016b: 13.
    • Senior synonym of arenarum, orientalis: Seifert, 2016b: 13.
  • arenarum. Pheidole pallidula var. arenarum Ruzsky, 1905b: 647 (s.w.m.) TURKMENISTAN, UZBEKISTAN.
    • Karavaiev, 1926b: 106 (q.).
    • Subspecies of pallidula: Emery, 1915j: 226; Emery, 1916b: 149; Emery, 1921f: 86; Ruzsky, 1923: 4; Emery, 1924a: 8; Karavaiev, 1926b: 106; Karavaiev, 1927a: 288; Menozzi, 1933b: 57; Finzi, 1936: 162; Menozzi, 1936d: 279; Finzi, 1939c: 155; Finzi, 1940: 159; Bernard, 1948: 141; Bernard, 1950b: 287; Bernard, 1953a: 147; Pisarski, 1967: 385; Baroni Urbani, 1968b: 448; Pisarski, 1970: 307.
    • Status as species: Collingwood, 1961a: 64; Collingwood, 1961b: 289.
    • Junior synonym of pallidula: Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 123.
    • Junior synonym of koshewnikovi: Seifert, 2016b: 13.
  • orientalis. Pheidole pallidula subsp. orientalis Müller, 1923: 69 (s.w.) TURKESTAN.
    • [First available use of Pheidole pallidula subsp. arenarum var. orientalis Emery, 1915j: 230; unavailable (infrasubspecific) name.]
    • Karavaiev, 1926b: 107 (q.m.); Menozzi, 1936d: 280 (l.).
    • Subspecies of pallidula: Menozzi, 1928a: 126.
    • Junior synonym of pallidula: Baroni Urbani, 1964a: 3; Atanassov & Dlussky, 1992: 123.
    • Junior synonym of koshewnikovi: Seifert, 2016b: 13.

Taxonomic Notes

Pashaei Rad et al. (2018): Seifert (2016) considers Pheidole orientalis to be a junior synonym of P. koshnewnikovi. While there are similarities, the latter is consistently some 20% smaller than the orientalis type and those we report here.