Pheidole lutzi

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

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Specimen Labels


The types were collected from a cavity in a bamboo trunk. (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.

  • lutzi. Pheidole lutzi Forel, 1905b: 168 (s.w.) BRAZIL. Senior synonym of heinzi: Wilson, 2003: 716.
  • heinzi. Pheidole lutzi var. heinzi Forel, 1913l: 225 (s.w.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of lutzi: Wilson, 2003: 716.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


DIAGNOSIS From Wilson (2003): Similar in various traits to Pheidole aper, Pheidole bambusarum, Pheidole brevicona, Pheidole dyctiota, Pheidole laeviventris, Pheidole risii, Pheidole rugatula, Pheidole senilis, Pheidole sigillata, Pheidole trachyderma and Pheidole traini, differing as follows.

Major: head from the side and in full-face view subrectangular, elongate (Head Length 1.2X Head Width), expanded slightly anterior to eyes so that in full-face view the anterior margin is wider than the occiput; all of dorsal head surface, including frontal lobes rugoreticulate (except for antennal fossae, which are rugulose, and frontal triangle and mid-clypeus, which are smooth); all of promesothorax rugoreticulate; propodeal spines thin, one-third as long as propodeal basal face; postpetiole from above diamond-shaped.

Minor: most of dorsal head surface and all of promesothorax rugoreticulate; occiput strongly narrowed but with no nuchal collar; in side view propodeum descends to metanotum in vertical face.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.26, HL 1.54, SL 0.80,. EL 0.20, PW 0.74. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.70, HL 0.84, SL 0.84, EL 0.12, PW 0.48.

COLOR Major: head, mesosoma, and antennae medium reddish brown; waist, gaster, and legs light reddish brown.

Minor: concolorous light reddish brown.

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Figure. Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Lectotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

BRAZIL: Serra da Cantareira, São Paulo, col. Adolpho Lutz. Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève - as reported in Wilson (2003)


Named after the collector, Adolpho Lutz. (Wilson 2003)


  • Forel, A. 1905e. Miscellanea myrmécologiques II (1905). Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 49: 155-185 (page 168, soldier, worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 716, fig. major, minor described, Senior synonym of heinzi)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Forel A. 1905. Miscellanea myrmécologiques II (1905). Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 49: 155-185.
  • Forel A. 1913. Fourmis d'Argentine, du Brésil, du Guatémala & de Cuba reçues de M. M. Bruch, Prof. v. Ihering, Mlle Baez, M. Peper et M. Rovereto. Bulletin de la Société Vaudoise des Sciences Naturelles. 49: 203-250.
  • Kempf W. W. 1978. A preliminary zoogeographical analysis of a regional ant fauna in Latin America. 114. Studia Entomologica 20: 43-62.
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Kusnezov N. 1952. El género Pheidole en la Argentina (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Acta Zoologica Lilloana 12: 5-88.
  • Luederwaldt H. 1918. Notas myrmecologicas. Rev. Mus. Paul. 10: 29-64.
  • Wheeler W. M. 1942. Studies of Neotropical ant-plants and their ants. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 90: 1-262.