This species is only known from type specimens. Nothing is known about its biology.
See the description in the nomenclature section.
Keys including this Species
Only known from the type locality.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
Check data from AntWeb
The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- styrax. Pheidole styrax Wilson, 2003: 513, figs. (s.w.) VENEZUELA.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
DIAGNOSIS A medium-large, brown member of the flavens group whose major is distinguished by the unusual bidentate anterior margin of the clypeus; heart-shaped frontal profile of the head; completely carinulate clypeus; shallow antennal fossa; high, subangulate pronotal humerus in dorsal-oblique view; angulate mesonotal convexity and deep, semicircular metanotal groove; and narrow petiolar node in side view.
Similar to Pheidole bidens in possession of a bidentate clypeus and general habitus but differing in presence of an antennal scrobe and many other details of body form, sculpturing, pilosity, and color, as shown and described (q.v.).
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.04, HL 1.12, SL 0.58, EL 0.14, PW 0.52. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.62, SL 0.54, EL 0.12, PW 0.38.
COLOR Major: body and mandibles medium brown, other appendages yellowish brown.
Minor: body light brown, appendages brownish yellow.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
VENEZUELA: Rio Negro Táchira, 550 m, col. John Lattke. Museum of Comparative Zoology
Gr styrax, point at the butt end of a spear, referring to narrow petiolar node of the major.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 513, fig. major, minor described)