Pheidole lupus

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

Nothing is known about the biology of lupus.


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: Ecuador, Peru (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.

  • lupus. Pheidole lupus Wilson, 2003: 320, 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 “jujuyensis complex” of the larger fallax group, comprising Pheidole araneoides, Pheidole cuevasi, Pheidole durionei, Pheidole jujuyensis, Pheidole kugleri, Pheidole leonina, Pheidole leptina, Pheidole lucretii, Pheidole lupus, Pheidole paraensis, Pheidole punctithorax, Pheidole tijucana, Pheidole wallacei and Pheidole wolfringi. P. lupus is distinguished as follows.

Major: antennal scape just reaches occipital corner; rugoreticulum on each side of head runs in a swath from eye to antennal fossa; carinulae extend no further than halfway from level of eye to level of occiput; in full-face view occiput and narrow zone running from it around midline foveolate; pronotal dorsal profile in dorsal-oblique view bilobate; propodeal spines small, equilaterally triangular; pilosity very dense and long, many hairs as long as Eye Length.

Minor: pilosity very dense and long, many hairs as long as Eye Length; propodeal spines reduced to denticles; occiput drawn into neck, with nuchal collar.

Measurements (mm)_Holotype major: HW 1.16, HL 1.28, SL 1.06, EL 0.24, PW 0.64. Paratype minor: HW 0.54, HL 0.74, SL 1.00, EL 0.20, PW 0.40.

Color: Major: body dark brown except for head anterior to eyes, which is medium reddish brown; mandibles medium reddish brown; other appendages yellowish brown.

Minor: body medium brown; appendages light brown except for tarsi, which are yellow.

Pheidole lupus Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

PERU: Estácion Biologica de Cocha Cashu, Madre de Dios, 400 m, col. Diane W. Davidson. Museum of Comparative Zoology


L lupus, wolf.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Bezdeckova K., P. Bedecka, and I. Machar. 2015. A checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Peru. Zootaxa 4020 (1): 101–133.