Pheidole servilia

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

Found in montane rainforest. (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: Colombia (type locality).

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.

  • servilia. Pheidole servilia Wilson, 2003: 507, figs. (s.w.) COLOMBIA.

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 ways to Pheidole albipes, Pheidole alticola, Pheidole browni, Pheidole cardiella, Pheidole chalca, Pheidole euryscopa, Pheidole hedlundorum, Pheidole lustrata, Pheidole monteverdensis and Pheidole palenquensis, differing as follows.

Major: head subrectangular in full-face view; eye set far forward on head; in side view, carinulae originate on lower anterior margin of eye and just above it curve and travel mesally; profile of promesonotum almost perfectly semicircular; propodeal spines medium-long and thin; postpetiole from above diamond-shaped; almost all of dorsal surface of head, including occiput, carinulate; all of mesosoma and almost all of dorsal head surface foveolate.

Minor: eye very far forward on head, its distance from the anterior genal border much less than an Eye Length; promesonotal profile a nearly perfect semicircle; propodeal spines medium-length and thin; dorsal surface of head and most of mesosoma variably foveolate.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.60, HL 0.66, SL 0.34, EL 0.08, PW 0.34. Paratype minor: HW 0.42, HL 0.44, SL 0.36, EL 0.08, PW 0.26.

COLOR Major: body medium reddish yellow, appendages light reddish yellow.

Minor: concolorous plain medium yellow.

Pheidole servilia Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

COLOMBIA: Represa Calima, above the dam, Valle, 1600 m, col. W. L. Brown and R. B. Root. Museum of Comparative Zoology


Named after Julius Caesar’s mistress, and powerful political figure following the assassination.


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.