Pheidole distorta

Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. -1--1: 253

publication ID

20017

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scientific name

Pheidole distorta
status

 

Pheidole distorta  HNS  Forel

Pheidole distorta  HNS  Forel 1899e: 74.

Types Mus. Ffist. Nat. Geneve.

Etymology L distorta  HNS  , misshapen, deformed.

diagnosis A bizarre member of the distorta  HNS  group, closest to monstrosa  HNS  , reclusi  HNS  , and scapulata  HNS  , distinguished from these and other species in the group by the absence of propodeal spines and, in the major, by an extreme bulging, "humpback" promesonotal profile, with the mesonotum descending to the basal propodeal face by a long vertical plane. Also remarkable in the contrast between the heavily sculptured major, with the dorsa of the head and promesonotum rugoreticulum, and the entirely smooth and shiny minor. measurements (mm) Major (Parque Tayrona, Colombia): HW 1.16, HL 1.36, SL 0.56, EL 0.14, PW 0.82. Minor (Parque Tayrona): HW 0.60, HL 0.60, SL 0.56, EL 0.12, PW 0.38.

color Major: body concolorous dark reddish brown except for gaster, which is blackish brown.

Minor: body concolorous medium reddish brown except for gaster, which is blackish brown; mandibles yellow.

Range Known only from Magdalena, northern Colombia.

Biology Unknown.

Figure Upper: major. Lower: minor. COLOMBIA: Parque Tayrona, Magdalena. (Minor compared with syntype in Forel Collection, Mus. Hist. Nat. Geneve.) (Type locality: Santa Marta, Magdalena.) Scale bars = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole