Pheidole picea

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Pheidole picea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. picea
Binomial name
Pheidole picea
(Buckley, 1867)

This taxon is considered to be unidentifiable and its identity is uncertain.



Distribution based on type material

United States (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


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Association with Other Organisms

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  • This species is a xenobiont for the ant Lasius minutus (a xenobiont) in United States (Gaige ,1914; Kanizsai et al., 2013) (Hardwood forest. In a stump.).
  • This species is a xenobiont for the ant Lasius nearcticus (a xenobiont) in United States (Gaige ,1914; Kanizsai et al., 2013) (Hardwood forest. Under rock.).
  • This species is a xenobiont for the ant Myrmecina americana (a xenobiont) in United States (Kanizsai et al., 2013; Wheeler, 1901).



The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • picea. Atta picea Buckley, 1867: 344 (s.w.) U.S.A. Combination in Pheidole: Emery, 1895c: 338. Unidentifiable taxon; incertae sedis in Pheidole: Wheeler, W.M. 1902f: 28; Smith, M.R. 1951a: 806; Bolton, 1995b: 327; incertae sedis in Myrmicinae: Smith, D.R. 1979: 1414.



  • Buckley, S. B. 1867. Descriptions of new species of North American Formicidae (continued from page 172.). Proc. Entomol. Soc. Phila. 6: 335-350 (page 344, soldier, worker described)
  • Emery, C. 1895d. Beiträge zur Kenntniss der nordamerikanischen Ameisenfauna. (Schluss). Zool. Jahrb. Abt. Syst. Geogr. Biol. Tiere 8: 257-360 (page 338, Combination in Pheidole)
  • Emery, C. 1922e. Quelques fourmis nouvelles minuscules. Ann. Hist.-Nat. Mus. Natl. Hung. 19: 107-112 (page 109, junior secondary homonym of picea Buckley: replacement name; piceonigra Emery)
  • Gaige, F.M. 1914. Results of the mershon expedition to the Charity Islands, Lake Huron. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology 5, 1–29.
  • Kanizsai, O., Lőrinczi, G., Gallé, L. 2013. Nesting associations without interdependence: A preliminary review on plesiobiosis in ants. Psyche 2013, 238602 (doi:10.1155/2013/238602).
  • Mayr, G. 1870b. Neue Formiciden. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 20: 939-996 (page 988, soldier, worker described)
  • Smith, M. R. 1951c. Family Formicidae. Pp. 778-875 in: Muesebeck, C. F., Krombein, K. V., Townes, H. K. (eds.) Hymenoptera of America north of Mexico. Synoptic catalogue. U. S. Dep. Agric. Agric. Monogr. 2:1-1420. (page 806, unrecognisable taxon; incertae sedis in Pheidole)
  • Wheeler, W.M. 1901. The compound and mixed nests of American ants. The American Naturalist 35(2-3), 513–539, 791–818.