Pheidole oaxacana

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Pheidole oaxacana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. oaxacana
Binomial name
Pheidole oaxacana
Wilson, 2003

This species is only known from type specimens. Nothing is known about its biology.

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Only known from the type locality.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Guatemala, Mexico (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps

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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.

  • oaxacana. Pheidole oaxacana Wilson, 2003: 476, figs. (s.w.) MEXICO.

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

Description

DIAGNOSIS Similar in different traits to Pheidole mixteca, Pheidole scabriventris and Pheidole tragica, also from Mexico, differing as follows.

Major: a broad rugoreticulum occurs between eye, antennal fossa, and frontal carina on each side of the head; midclypeus partially carinulate, and carinulae travel from the frontal lobes across the vertex but fall short of the occiput; all of head and mesosoma foveolate and opaque; anterior half of central strip of first gastral tergite shagreened; occipital cleft broad and deep; propodeal spines robust and backward-directed; postpetiole from above diamond-shaped.

Minor: eye set well forward on head; propodeal spines half as long as the propodeal basal face and backward-directed; pilosity sparse; occiput broad, its margin concave, and lacking nuchal collar. All of head and mesosoma foveolate and opaque.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.92, HL 1.00, SL 0.50, EL 0.14, PW 0.46. Paratype minor: HW 0.50, HL 0.52, SL 0.42, EL 0.06, PW 0.32.

COLOR Major: body and mandibles medium reddish brown, other appendages dark yellow.

Minor: concolorous light reddish yellow.


Pheidole oaxacana Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

MEXICO: 10 km south of Valle Nacional, Oaxaca, 610 m, col. S. Peck. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Named after the state of origin of the type colony.

References