Pheidole bucculenta

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Pheidole bucculenta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. bucculenta
Binomial name
Pheidole bucculenta
Forel, 1908

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Specimen Labels

A nest was found in wet mountain forest near Salesopolis, Sao Paulo, 850 m, by William L. and Doris E. Brown. (Wilson 2003)


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Known only from the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Brazil (type locality).

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.

  • bucculenta. Pheidole guilelmimuelleri subsp. bucculenta Forel, 1908c: 379 (s.w.) BRAZIL. Raised to species: Wilson, 2003: 670.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.


From Wilson (2003): DIAGNOSIS Similar to Pheidole antillana of the Lesser Antilles and the South American Pheidole avia, Pheidole guilelmimuelleri, Pheidole hetschkoi, Pheidole heyeri, Pheidole hortonae, Pheidole praeses and Pheidole rhytifera, as well as to Pheidole mamore in the serobifera group, but differing in the following combination of traits.

Major: very close to the lectotype major of guilelmimuelleri (q.v.), but the minor is very distinct, as follows: propodeal spines absent, replaced by right-angular junctions between the basal and posterior propodeal faces; humerus smoothly rounded in dorsal-oblique view; head and body almost completely smooth and shiny, with sculpturing on head comprising only short carinulae anterior to the level of the eyes.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Paralectotype major: HW 1.76, HL 1.76, SL 0.84, EL 0.10, PW 0.84. Lectotype minor: HW 0.64, HL 0.76, SL 0.96, EL 0.12, PW 0.46.

COLOR Major: not recorded. Minor: concolorous clear yellow.

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Figure. Lectotype, minor. BRAZIL: Alto da Serra, Sao Paulo. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Lectotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

BRAZIL: Alto da Serra, Sao Paulo. Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève - as reported in Wilson (2003)


L bueeulenta, with full cheeks, allusion unknown. (Wilson 2003)


  • Forel, A. 1908h. Ameisen aus Sao Paulo (Brasilien), Paraguay etc. gesammelt von Prof. Herm. v. Ihering, Dr. Lutz, Dr. Fiebrig, etc. Verh. K-K. Zool.-Bot. Ges. Wien 58: 340-418 (page 379, soldier, worker described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 670, fig. major, minor described, Raised to species: new status)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Forel A. 1908. Ameisen aus Sao Paulo (Brasilien), Paraguay etc. gesammelt von Prof. Herm. v. Ihering, Dr. Lutz, Dr. Fiebrig, etc. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 58: 340-418.
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Longino J. et al. ADMAC project. Accessed on March 24th 2017 at
  • Luederwaldt H. 1918. Notas myrmecologicas. Rev. Mus. Paul. 10: 29-64.