Stefan Cover collected the type colony from a nest in a rotting stick on the floor of montane rainforest. (Wilson 2003)
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- midas. Pheidole midas Wilson, 2003: 324, figs. (s.w.) TRINIDAD.
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A small yellow member of the fallax group characterized by the following combination of traits.
Major: head heart-shaped; pilosity over all of body, and especially clypeus, mesosoma, waist, and gaster, very long, dense, and erect to suberect; a large-celled patch of rugoreticulum present to the side and behind each antennal fossa; carinulae on head and body almost entirely limited to the anterior half of the head, with most of the frontal lobes bare.
Minor: occiput broad, lacking nuchal collar; pilosity very long and mostly erect to suberect; only carinulae present are the circular ones around the antennal fossae, and foveolation is limited to the meso- and metathorax and propodeum, with the rest of the body smooth and shiny.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.92, HL 0.88, SL 0.74, EL 0.14, PW 0.46. Paratype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.62, SL 0.70, EL 0.10, PW 0.34.
COLOR Major and minor: concolorous medium yellow.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
TRINIDAD: Aripo Ridge, Arima Valley, 550–650 m, col. Stefan Cover and Mark W. Moffett. Museum of Comparative Zoology
Gr Midas, mythical king whose touch turned everything to gold; with reference to the color of the workers.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 324, fig. major, minor described)