Pheidole megacephala melancholica

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Pheidole megacephala melancholica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. megacephala
Subspecies: P. megacephala melancholica
Trinomial name
Pheidole megacephala melancholica
Santschi, 1912


A member of the megacephala species group


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Guinea, Ivory Coast (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • melancholica. Pheidole punctulata st. melancholica Santschi, 1912b: 164 (s.w.) IVORY COAST. Bernard, 1953b: 225 (q.). Currently subspecies of megacephala: Emery, 1915j: 236; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 132.



  • Bernard, F. 1953b [1952]. La réserve naturelle intégrale du Mt Nimba. XI. Hyménoptères Formicidae. Mém. Inst. Fr. Afr. Noire 19: 165-270 (page 225, queen described)
  • Emery, C. 1915i. Les Pheidole du groupe megacephala (Formicidae). Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 4: 223-250 (page 236, subspecies of megacephala)
  • Santschi, F. 1912b. Fourmis d'Afrique et de Madagascar. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 56: 150-167 (page 164, soldier, worker described)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922b. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. II. The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 39-269 (page 132, subspecies of megacephala)