Pheidole lemnisca

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

This species is only known from type specimens. Males were collected with the type colony, 1–4 June. (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), Ecuador.

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.

  • lemnisca. Pheidole lemnisca Wilson, 2003: 443, 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 to Pheidole ceibana, Pheidole peltastes, Pheidole renae, Pheidole tayrona and Pheidole xyston, distinguished as follows.

Major: unique color pattern (see Color below); needle-like propodeal spine; prominent humeral lobe; and small but distinct mesonotal convexity.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.70, HL 0.74, SL 0.36, EL 0.10, PW 0.40. Paratype minor: HW 0.42, HL 0.42, SL 0.40, EL 0.10, PW 0.26.

COLOR Major: all yellow except for a conspicuous light brown transverse stripe along the rear border of each gastral tergite and a contrasting light brown circular spot on the vertex.

Minor: concolorous yellow.

Pheidole lemnisca Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

COLOMBIA: on a ridge, Finca Los Guaduales, 10 km southwest San José del Palmar, Rio Torito, Chocó, col. C. Kugler. Museum of Comparative Zoology


L lemnisca, ribbon or band, referring to the transverse color stripes on the gaster.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Mertl A. L., J. F. A. Traniello, K. Ryder Wilkie, and R. Constantino. 2012. Associations of two ecologically significant social insect taxa in the litter of an amazonian rainforest: is there a relationship between ant and termite species richness? Psyche doi:10.1155/2012/312054