Pheidole lovejoyi

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

In lowland rainforest. (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: Brazil (type locality).

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.

  • lovejoyi. Pheidole lovejoyi Wilson, 2003: 318, figs. (s.w.) BRAZIL.

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, most similar to Pheidole lanigera (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), distinguished by the following combination of traits.

Major: in full-face view, profile of head posterior to eyes fringed by short, subrecumbent hairs of uniform length; in side view, center of pronotal dorsal profile raised as a low convexity; petiolar peduncle slender, its dorsal border concave in side view; pronotal dorsum partly carinulate; anterior strip of first gastral tergite foveolate and opaque.

Minor: nuchal collar present; propodeal spine reduced to obtuse angle.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.42, HL 1.50, SL 1.04, EL 0.20, PW 0.66. Paratype minor: HW 0.46, HL 0.64, SL 0.94, EL 0.12, PW 0.34.

COLOR Major: head reddish brown, mesosoma plain medium brown, gaster and appendages plain light brown.

Minor: head medium brownish yellow, appendages and rest of head medium brownish yellow.

Pheidole lovejoyi Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

BRAZIL: Fazenda Dimona, Smithsonian Institution Field Station, 90 km north of Manaus, Amazonas, col. E. O. Wilson. Museum of Comparative Zoology


Named after Thomas E. Lovejoy, distinguished field biologist and my host at Fazenda Dimona.