Pheidole subreticulata

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Pheidole subreticulata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. subreticulata
Binomial name
Pheidole subreticulata
Emery, 1894

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Specimen Labels

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

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Known only from the major.


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

  • subreticulata. Pheidole nana var. subreticulata Emery, 1894c: 159 (s.w.) BRAZIL. Subspecies of nana: Emery, 1896g: 78. Raised to species: Wilson, 2003: 514.

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


From Wilson (2003): DIAGNOSIS Similar in various traits to breviscapa, bruchella, micon, nana, and tennantae, differing as follows.

Major: rugoreticulum limited to a very small patch just posterior to the antennal fossa on each side of the head; almost all of the dorsal surface and most of the lateral surfaces of the head, up to and including the occiput, carinulate; center of pronotal dorsum transversely carinulate, and sides weakly and longitudinally carinulate; mesonotal dorsum foveolate with a few broken, very short rugulae; propodeal spines half as long as the propodeal basal face; petiolar node in side view thick near base, tapering toward apex; postpetiole from above diamond-shaped.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Syntype major: HW 0.96, HL 0.96, SL 0.58, EL 0.10, PW 0.46.

COLOR Not recorded.

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Figure. Syntypes, major, a composite of two specimens from the type series. Minor unknown. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

BRAZIL: Mato Grosso. Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Genoa - as reported in Wilson (2003)


L subreticulata, less netlike, evidently referring to the small rugoreticulum on the head. (Wilson 2003)


  • Emery, C. 1894d. Studi sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. VI-XVI. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 26: 137-241 (page 159, soldier, worker described)
  • Emery, C. 1896g. Studi sulle formiche della fauna neotropica. XVII-XXV. Bull. Soc. Entomol. Ital. 28: 33-107 (page 78, subspecies of nana)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 514, fig. major described, Raised to species: new status)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).