Pheidole providens

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Pheidole providens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. providens
Binomial name
Pheidole providens
(Sykes, 1835)

Pashaei Rad et al. (2018) found this species in Iran in moderate rainfall montane areas.



Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Oriental Region: India (type locality).
Palaearctic Region: Iran.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




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

  • providens. Atta providens Sykes, 1835: 103, pl. 13, fig. 5 (s.) INDIA. Combination in Pheidole: Westwood, 1839: 219. [Bingham, 1903: 220 (footnote) suggests that this name may be synonymous with indica.]

Taxonomic Notes

Pashaei Rad et al. (2018): Type location India, no type images but later drawing, and likely junior synonym Pheidole indica Mayr, 1879, type location India, major CASENT0906613, minor CASENT0906612. Probably among Pheidole teneriffana in prior Iran records (Paknia et al. 2008).



References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Borowiec L. 2014. Catalogue of ants of Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and adjacent regions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Genus (Wroclaw) 25(1-2): 1-340.
  • Pashaei Rad S., B. Taylor, R. Torabi, E. Aram, G. Abolfathi, R. Afshari, F. Borjali, M. Ghatei, F. Hediary, F. Jazini, V. Heidary Kiah, Z. Mahmoudi, F. Safariyan, and M. Seiri. 2018. Further records of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Iran. Zoology in the Middle East 64(2): 145-159.