Pheidole peltastes

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Pheidole peltastes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. peltastes
Binomial name
Pheidole peltastes
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: Brazil (type locality), Ecuador.


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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.

  • peltastes. Pheidole peltastes Wilson, 2003: 484, figs. (s.w.) BRAZIL.

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

Description

DIAGNOSIS Similar to Pheidole ademonia, Pheidole infernalis, Pheidole sospes and Pheidole termitobia, distinguished as follows.

Major: antennal scrobes present; extensive rugoreticulum covers all the dorsal head surface from the level of the anterior margin of the eyes to the occiput, except for a median strip and the antennal scrobes.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.54, HL 0.60, SL 0.30, EL 0.06, PW 0.32. Paratype minor: HW 0.36, HL 0.38, SL 0.30, EL 0.06, PW 0.22.

COLOR Major: body light reddish yellow (“orange”), appendages light yellow.

Minor: concolorous pale yellow.


Pheidole peltastes Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

BRAZIL: Utinga tract, near Belém, Pará, col. P. F. Darlington. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Gr peltastes, soldier armed with a small shield.

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