Nothing is known about the biology of ariel.
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- ariel. Pheidole ariel Wilson, 2003: 169, figs. (s.w.) MEXICO.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
Similar to Pheidole desertorum and Pheidole vistana (see also the less similar Pheidole hyatti), distinguished from these members of the fallax group and other members of the diligens group as follows.
Major: pale to medium yellow; slender; antennal scape just reaching occipital border; occipital border deep, subangulate at midline; pilosity of body dorsum moderately abundant, suberect to erect, and very long; propodeal spine reduced to a denticle; pronotum and all of gaster smooth and shiny.
Minor: occiput broad and lacking nuchal collar; propodeal spine reduced to a denticle; carinulae limited to circular lines around antennal fossae; mesopleuron and side of propodeum foveolate and opaque; rest of body smooth and shiny.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.46, HL 1.62, SL 1.34, EL 0.26, PW 0.72. Paratype minor: HW 0.66, HL 0.82, SL 1.16, EL 0.22, PW 0.44.
COLOR Major: concolorous pale to medium yellow.
Minor: concolorous pale yellow.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
MEXICO: 38 km south of Monclova, Puente La Muralla, Coahuila, 1280 m, Robert J. Hamton. Museum of Comparative Zoology
Gr ariel, airy sprite, alluding to the slender, pale yellow bodies of both castes.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 169, fig. major, minor described)