Pheidole tambopatae

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

The type colony was found beneath the bark of a tree in a treefall clearing. The Colombian colony was collected from a spiny bamboo (Guadua) grove. (Wilson 2003)


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Known from the type locality; from near Cali, Colombia; and from the Utinga Tract, near Belém, Pará, Brazil. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil, Colombia, Peru (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.

  • tambopatae. Pheidole tambopatae Wilson, 2003: 516, figs. (s.w.) PERU.

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


DIAGNOSIS A medium-sized species, bicolorous in an odd pattern in both castes (see description below). Similar to Pheidole mincana, but the major is rugoreticulate mesad to the eye and has an oval postpetiolar node; and both castes have smaller, more vertically directed propodeal spine and somewhat shorter pilosity.

See also the less similar Pheidole arhuaca, Pheidole caulicola, Pheidole chalca, Pheidole nitidicollis, Pheidole meinerti, Pheidole meinertopsis, Pheidole schmalzi and Pheidole tragica.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.84, HL 0.92, SL 0.44, EL 0.10, PW 0.44. Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.48, SL 0.42, EL 0.08, PW 0.30.

COLOR Major: occiput, dorsum of head capsule anterior to the eyes, side of the mesosoma, and all of the waist and appendages very light brown, rest of body medium to dark brown.

Minor: dorsum of head capsule anterior to the eyes, side of the mesosoma, all of the waist, and anterior two-thirds of the first gastral tergite light brown; all the rest of the body medium to dark brown.

Pheidole tambopatae Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

PERU: Cuzco Amazónico, 15 km northeast of Puerto Maldonado, Tambopata River, Madre de Dios, col. Stefan Cover and John E. Tobin. Museum of Comparative Zoology


L tambopatae, after the region of the type locality.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.