Pheidole argentina (Bruch)

Wilson, E. O., 2003, Pheidole in the New World. A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus., Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp. -1--1: 267

publication ID

20017

persistent identifier

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scientific name

Pheidole argentina (Bruch)
status

 

Pheidole argentina (Bruch)  HNS 

Gallardomyrma argentina Bruch  HNS  1932: 273. Placed in Pheidole  HNS  by generic synonymy ( Pheidole  HNS  = Gallardomyrma) by W. L. Brown 1973b: 180.

Types Mus. La Plata, Buenos Aires.

Etymology Named after the country of origin.

diagnosis An extreme workerless parasite of Pheidole nitidula  HNS  . The queen possesses a trait unique within the ants: the antenna is 10-segmented, with a well-developed, 1-segmented club. Also, the body is somewhat pupiform and the mandibles are reduced to toothless straps.

measurements (mm) Syntype queen: according to Bruch (1932), the total length of a queen in the type series is 1.7 mm. Color Head, especially vertex, brownish yellow; mesosoma, waist, and gaster (except the apex) grayish brown..

range Known only from the type locality.

Biology A permanent workerless parasite of Pheidole nitidula  HNS  .

figure Syntype, queen. (Adapted from Bruch 1932.) ARGENTINA: Alta Gracia (La Granja), Sierra de Cordoba (Carlos Bruch). Scale bar = 1 mm.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Hymenoptera

Family

Formicidae

Genus

Pheidole