Pheidole quadrispinosa

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Pheidole quadrispinosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. quadrispinosa
Binomial name
Pheidole quadrispinosa
(Smith, F., 1865)

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Specimen Labels




Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Indo-Australian Region: Indonesia (type locality), New Guinea.

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.

  • armatus. Pheidolacanthinus armatus Smith, F. 1865: 75, pl. 4, fig. 8 (s.) NEW GUINEA. Junior synonym of quadrispinosa: Donisthorpe, 1938a: 144.
  • quadrispinosa. Myrmica quadrispinosa Smith, F. 1865: 72, pl. 4, fig. 6 (w.) INDONESIA (Salwatty I.). Donisthorpe, 1941b: 38 (q.m.). Combination in Pheidole: Mayr, 1878: 677; in P. (Pheidolacanthinus): Emery, 1921f: 82. Senior synonym of smithi (unnecessary replacement name): Dalla Tore, 1893: 95; of armatus: Donisthorpe, 1938a: 144.
  • smithi. Pheidole smithi Emery, 1887b: 464. [Unnecessary replacement name for quadrispinosa.] Junior synonym of quadrispinosa: Dalla Torre, 1893: 95.

The following notes on F. Smith type specimens have been provided by Barry Bolton (details):

Myrmica quadrispinosa

Holotype worker minor in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “S” (= Salwatty I.).

Pheidolacanthinus armatus

Holotype worker major in Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Labelled “S.” (= Salwatty I.).



  • Dalla Torre, K. W. von. 1893. Catalogus Hymenopterorum hucusque descriptorum systematicus et synonymicus. Vol. 7. Formicidae (Heterogyna). Leipzig: W. Engelmann, 289 pp. (page 95, senior synonym of smithi (unnecessary replacement name))
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1938a. Five new species of ant, chiefly from New Guinea. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 11(1): 140-148 (page 144, senior synonym of armatus)
  • Donisthorpe, H. 1941b. New ants from Waigeu Island, New Guinea, and the Solomons. Entomologist 74: 36-42 (page 38, queen, male described)
  • Emery, C. 1921c. Hymenoptera. Fam. Formicidae. Subfam. Myrmicinae. [part]. Genera Insectorum 174A:1-94 94: 1-94 + 7 (page 82, Combination in P. (Pheidolacanthinus))
  • Mayr, G. 1879. Beiträge zur Ameisen-Fauna Asiens. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 28: 645-686 (page 677, Combination in Pheidole)
  • Smith, F. 1865a. Descriptions of new species of hymenopterous insects from the islands of Sumatra, Sula, Gilolo, Salwatty, and New Guinea, collected by Mr. A. R. Wallace. J. Proc. Linn. Soc. Lond. Zool. 8: 61-94 (page 72, pl.4, fig. 6 worker described)