This species is only known from type specimens. These were collected in the Kaw Mountains at the edge of rainforest. (Wilson 2003)
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- moffetti. Pheidole moffetti Wilson, 2003: 463, figs. (s.w.) FRENCH GUIANA.
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DIAGNOSIS A medium-large, mostly brown member of the flavens group, distinguished in the major by the completely carinulate sculpturing of the dorsal surface of its head, including notably all of the clypeus; the nearly perfect semicircular profile of the promesonotum in side view; trapezoidal postpetiolar node; rugose mesopleuron; and long pilosity; and in the minor by the bicolorous condition of the body. Close to Pheidole bidens and Pheidole styrax, but among other details, lacking teeth on the anterior clypeal border.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.04, HL 1.04, SL 0.58, EL 0.14, PW 0.50. Paratype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.54, SL 0.48, EL 0.10, PW 0.34. COLOR Major: head medium reddish brown, rest of body medium brown, appendages brownish yellow.
Minor: gaster dark brown, rest of body and appendages light reddish brown.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
FRENCH GUIANA: Kaw Mountains, 45 km marker, col. Mark W. Moffett. Museum of Comparative Zoology
Named in honor of the collector and distinguished naturalist Mark W. Moffett.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 463, fig. major, minor described)