James Trager found the workers of the type colony feeding on a crushed scarab larva.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- bufo. Pheidole bufo Wilson, 2003: 251, figs. (s.w.) BRAZIL.
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A very distinct member of the distorta group, recognizable by the following traits.
Major: central third of dorsal head surface in side view deeply concave; all of dorsal surface of head except clypeus and frontal triangle, and all of pronotal dorsum, strongly rugoreticulate; hypostoma bidentate; sides of mesosoma and dorsum of postpetiolar node carinulate; anterior third of first gastral tergite finely striate, remainder foveolate and opaque; humerus right-angulate and posteriorly notched in dorsal-oblique view; propodeal spine very large, nearly 2X as long as the basal face of the propodeum anterior to it.
Minor: humerus surmounted by a blunt spine in dorsal-oblique view; propodeal spines nearly as long as the basal propodeal space; mesosoma almost completely covered by longitudinal carinulae.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.64, HL 1.92, SL 0.84, EL 0.22, PW 0.78. Paratype minor: HW 0.84, HL 0.82, SL 0.74, EL 0.18, PW 0.54.
COLOR Major and minor: body dark brown, appendages light to medium brown.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
BRAZIL: trail to waterfall, Véu de Noira, Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso, col. James C. Trager. Museum of Comparative Zoology
L bufo, toad.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 251, fig. major, minor described)