Pheidole punctulata

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Pheidole punctulata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. punctulata
Binomial name
Pheidole punctulata
Mayr, 1866

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Specimen Label



A member of the megacephala species group


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Comoros, Eritrea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa (type locality), Zimbabwe.
Malagasy Region: Madagascar, Mayotte, Seychelles.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • punctulata. Pheidole punctulata Mayr, 1866b: 899 (s.) SOUTH AFRICA. Arnold, 1920a: 421 (w.q.m.). Subspecies of megacephala: Forel, 1894b: 94; Stitz, 1911b: 385; Emery, 1915j: 235; Emery, 1921f: 85; Wheeler, W.M. 1922a: 132; Santschi, 1930b: 67. Status as species: Forel, 1910e: 441; Santschi, 1914b: 76; Forel, 1914d: 240; Arnold, 1920a: 420; Santschi, 1935a: 256. Current subspecies: nominal plus atrox, spinosa, subatrox.



  • Arnold, G. 1920a. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part IV. Myrmicinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 403-578 (page 421, worker, queen, male described)
  • Arnold, G. 1920a. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part IV. Myrmicinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 403-578 (page 420, status as species)
  • Emery, C. 1915i. Les Pheidole du groupe megacephala (Formicidae). Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 4: 223-250 (page 235, subspecies of megacephala)
  • Emery, C. 1921c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174A:1-94 94: 1-94 + 7 (page 85, subspecies of megacephala)
  • Forel, A. 1894b. Abessinische und andere afrikanische Ameisen, gesammelt von Herrn Ingenieur Alfred Ilg, von Herrn Dr. Liengme, von Herrn Pfarrer Missionar P. Berthoud, Herrn Dr. Arth. Müller etc. Mitt. Schweiz. Entomol. Ges. 9: 64-100 (page 94, subspecies of megacephala)
  • Forel, A. 1910f. Note sur quelques fourmis d'Afrique. Ann. Soc. Entomol. Belg. 54: 421-458 (page 441, status as species)
  • Forel, A. 1914d. Formicides d'Afrique et d'Amérique nouveaux ou peu connus. Bull. Soc. Vaudoise Sci. Nat. 50: 211-288 (page 240, status as species)
  • Mayr, G. 1866b. Diagnosen neuer und wenig gekannter Formiciden. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 16: 885-908 (page 899, soldier described)
  • Santschi, F. 1914b. Voyage de Ch. Alluaud et R. Jeannel en Afrique Orientale, 1911-1912. Résultats scientifiques. Insectes Hyménoptères. II. Formicidae. Paris: Libr. A. Schulz, pp. 41-148. (page 76, status as species)
  • Santschi, F. 1930b. Résultats de la Mission scientifique suisse en Angola, 1928-1929. Formicides de l'Angola. Rev. Suisse Zool. 37: 53-81 (page 67, subspecies of megacephala)
  • Santschi, F. 1935b. Hymenoptera. I. Formicidae. Mission Sci. Omo 2: 255-277 (page 256, status as species)
  • Stitz, H. 1911b. Formicidae. Wiss. Ergeb. Dtsch. Zent.-Afr.-Exped. 3: 375-392 (page 385, subspecies of megacephala)
  • Wheeler, W. M. 1922b. Ants of the American Museum Congo expedition. A contribution to the myrmecology of Africa. II. The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition. Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist. 45: 39-269 (page 132, subspecies of megacephala)