Pheidole lanigera

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

The type colony was found in terra firme rainforest, in a root mass at the base of a palm tree. (Wilson 2003)


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


In addition to the type series, I have seen a larger, darker variant, and possibly distinct species, with more extensive cephalic reticulation on the major, from near San Cristóbal, Tachira, Venezuela, collected by J. Lattke. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Peru (type locality), Venezuela.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • lanigera. Pheidole laniger Wilson, 2003: 313, 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, similar to Pheidole lovejoyi (but also scan Pheidole alienata, Pheidole cardinalis, Pheidole caribbaea, Pheidole fallax, Pheidole jelskii, Pheidole lattkei, Pheidole mantilla, Pheidole obscurior (=Pheidole susannae), Pheidole nubicola, Pheidole puttemansi, Pheidole rubiceps, Pheidole roushae, Pheidole susannae and Pheidole tobini), and distinguished as follows.

Major: posterior dorsal profile of head lined by uniform felt of short, subrecumbent hairs; propodeal spine reduced to denticle; occiput smooth; rugoreticulum limited to spaces around eye; dorsal face of petiolar peduncle in side view straight; pronotum bare of carinulae.

Minor: head narrowed posteriorly, nuchal collar present; propodeal spine reduced to denticle.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.26, HL 1.34, SL 0.90, EL 0.20, PW 0.60. Paratype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.70, SL 0.98, EL 0.14, PW 0.38.

COLOR Major: concolorous brownish yellow.

Minor: body and appendages light brownish yellow, head a slightly contrasting medium brownish yellow.

Pheidole lanigera Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

PERU: Cuzco Amazónico, 15 km northwest of Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Dios, col. Stefan Cover and John E. Tobin. Museum of Comparative Zoology


L laniger, wool-bearing.