Pheidole rutilana

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

Collected from rainforest canopy. (Wilson 2003)


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Only known from the type locality.

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.

  • rutilana. Pheidole rutilana Wilson, 2003: 746, figs. (s.w.) BRAZIL.

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


DIAGNOSIS Similar in various traits to Pheidole amata, Pheidole ambigua, Pheidole celaena, Pheidole fera, Pheidole germaini, Pheidole peruviana, Pheidole schwarzmaieri, Pheidole superba and Pheidole vomer, differing as follows.

Major: yellowish red; head in full-face view quadrate, almost as wide as long and with shallow occipital cleft; humeri in dorsaloblique view prominent, raised as large equilateral triangles; center of promesonotal profile in side view slightly raised as an obtuse angle; propodeal spines reduced to denticles; rugoreticulum present between eye and antennal fossa on each side of head; posterior fourth of dorsal head surface smooth.

Minor: occiput only slightly narrowed but possesses nuchal collar; humeri in dorsal-oblique view dentate; center of promesonotal profile in side view slightly raised as an obtuse angle; almost all of head as well as all of pronotum smooth and shiny.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.04, HL 1.06, SL 0.62, EL 0.14, PW 0.60. Paratype minor: HW 0.54, HL 0.56, SL 0.58, EL 0.10, PW 0.34.

COLOR Major: concolorous yellowish red.

Minor: concolorous light reddish brown.

Pheidole rutilana Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

BRAZIL: Taperinha, Pará, col. Robert L. Jeanne. Museum of Comparative Zoology


L rutilana, red, alluding to the color of the major.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Wilson E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, [ix] + 794 pp.