Pheidole puttemansi

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Pheidole puttemansi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. puttemansi
Binomial name
Pheidole puttemansi
Forel, 1911

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Specimen Labels


Nothing is known about the biology of puttemansi.


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Known from the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro, Pará; and, in Argentina, Siete Arboles, Estero del Santiago. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • puttemansi. Pheidole fallax subsp. puttemansi Forel, 1911c: 304 (s.) BRAZIL. Raised to species and senior synonym of janeirensis: Wilson, 2003: 343.
  • janeirensis. Pheidole fallax r. janeirensis Forel, 1912f: 222 (s.w.) BRAZIL. Junior synonym of puttemansi: Wilson, 2003: 343.

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


From Wilson (2003): A member of the fallax group close to Pheidole fallax, Pheidole gigas, Pheidole jelskii, Pheidole obscurithorax, Pheidole roushae, Pheidole tobini and Pheidole valens, differing as follows.

Major: entire posterior fifth of head, including occiput, smooth and shiny; lateral thirds of remainder of head in full-face view rugoreticulate, and median third, including frontal lobes, carinulate; humerus in dorsal-oblique view subangulate; petiole relatively slender, the apex of its node in side view tapering almost to a point; scapes relatively long (Scape Length/Head Width 0.64).

Minor (based on synonymous “r. janeirensis,” whose major was compared with the puttemansi lectotype): nearly identical to the fallax minor (as illustrated q.v.), with propodeal spines of intermediate length as depicted for that species.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.56, HL 1.64, SL 1.00, EL 0.22, PW 0.80. COLOR Major: concolorous light reddish brown.

Minor: medium reddish brown.

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Figure. Lectotype, major. There are no minors in the type series; see Description. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Lectotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

BRAZIL: Rio de Janeiro, col. Hubert Puttemans. (There are no minors in the type series; see Description). Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève - as reported in Wilson (2003)


Named after the collector, Hubert Puttemans. (Wilson 2003)


  • Forel, A. 1911e. Ameisen des Herrn Prof. v. Ihering aus Brasilien (Sao Paulo usw.) nebst einigen anderen aus Südamerika und Afrika (Hym.). Dtsch. Entomol. Z. 1911: 285-312 (page 304, soldier described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 343, Raised to species: new status, fig. major, minor described, Senior synonym of janeirensis)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Franco W., N. Ladino, J. H. C. Delabie, A. Dejean, J. Orivel, M. Fichaux, S. Groc, M. Leponce, and R. M. Feitosa. 2019. First checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of French Guiana. Zootaxa 4674(5): 509-543.
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Nascimento Santos M., J. H. C. Delabie, and J. M. Queiroz. 2019. Biodiversity conservation in urban parks: a study of ground-dwelling ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Rio de Janeiro City. Urban Ecosystems