Pheidole megacephala subspecies melancholica (Santschi)

Wheeler, W. M., 1922, The ants collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition., Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 45, pp. 39-269: 132

publication ID

20597

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scientific name

Pheidole megacephala subspecies melancholica (Santschi)
status

 

Pheidole megacephala subspecies melancholica (Santschi)  HNS 

Six soldiers, five workers, and seven females, mostly winged, taken at Garamba (Lang and Chapin) from the stomachs of a toad (Bufo regularis) and two frogs (Rana ornatissima and Kassina senegalensis). The female is a little larger than the female of the typical megacephala  HNS  , with the head and thorax more sharply sculptured and the color of the body, including the clypeus and mandibles, darker, almost black; the legs more yellowish, as in the worker.

This is the host of the singular workerless parasitic ant, Anergatides kohli  HNS  , recently described and figured by Wasmann from the vicinity of Stanleyville.2

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole