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.
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Known from the type locality; from near Cali, Colombia; and from the Utinga Tract, near Belém, Pará, Brazil. (Wilson 2003)
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- tambopatae. Pheidole tambopatae Wilson, 2003: 516, figs. (s.w.) PERU.
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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.
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.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
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.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 516, fig. major, minor described)