Pheidole plato

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

Known only from the type series.

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: Ecuador (type locality).


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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.

  • plato. Pheidole plato Wilson, 2003: 147, figs. (s.w.) ECUADOR.

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

Description

Similar to Pheidole biconstricta and Pheidole socrates.

Major and minor: first gastral tergite smooth and shiny; in side and dorsal-oblique view, profile of posterior half of pronotal dorsum raised as a low subangular prominence; color distinctive (see below); pilosity very sparse.

Major: only a small trace of rugoreticulum present between eye and antennal fossa and located close to the fossa.

Minor: relatively broad occipital border in full-face view.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.44, HL 1.44, SL 0.84, EL 0.20, PW 0.66. Paratype minor: HW 0.54, HL 0.64, SL 0.80, EL 0.14, PW 0.40.

COLOR Major: body and mandibles light yellowish brown, other appendages dark yellow.

Minor: body medium brown, appendages light brown.


Pheidole plato Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

ECUADOR: 22 km southwest of Puyo, Pastaza Prov. col. Stewart B. and Jarmila Kukalová-Peck. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

For the philosopher, chosen to set it off from the related species socrates.

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