Pheidole megacephala talpa

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Pheidole megacephala talpa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. megacephala
Subspecies: P. megacephala talpa
Trinomial name
Pheidole megacephala talpa
Gerstäcker, 1871

Identification

A member of the megacephala species group

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Kenya (type locality).


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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

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

  • talpa. Pheidole talpa Gerstäcker, 1871: 356 (s.) KENYA. Santschi, 1930b: 67 (w.q.). Junior synonym of punctulata: Dalla Torre, 1893: 95; Emery, 1915j: 235. Revived from synonymy as subspecies of megacephala: Santschi, 1925h: 160.

Description

References

  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 95, junior synonym of punctulata)
  • Emery, C. 1915i. Les Pheidole du groupe megacephala (Formicidae). Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 4: 223-250 (page 235, junior synonym of punctulata)
  • Gerstäcker, A. 1871. Beitrag zur Insektenfauna von Zanzibar. Arch. Naturgesch. 37(1 1: 345-363 (page 356, soldier described)
  • Santschi, F. 1925h. Formicidae. Mission Rohan-Chabot 4(3 3: 159-168 (page 160, revived from synonymy as variety of megacephala)
  • Santschi, F. 1930b. Résultats de la Mission scientifique suisse en Angola, 1928-1929. Formicides de l'Angola. Rev. Suisse Zool. 37: 53-81 (page 67, worker, queen described)