The type colony was found nesting in the soil of grazed cerrado (tropical savanna); workers were attracted to bait. (Wilson 2003)
See the description in the nomenclature section.
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Only known from the type locality.
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.
- cyrtostela. Pheidole cyrtostela Wilson, 2003: 184, figs. (s.w.) BRAZIL.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
With Pheidole camptostela, unique within Pheidole for the sharply bent petiole and depressed petiolar node, as seen from the side, in both major and minor. Distinguished from camptostela by the less exaggerated form of the petiolar modification, the presence of rugoreticulum on the head of the major, and the broader, less concave occiput of the minor.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.90, HL 0.92, SL 0.64, EL 0.16, PW 0.46. Paratype minor: HW 0.42, HL 0.52, SL 0.58, EL 0.12, PW 0.30.
COLOR Major and minor: body and appendages medium yellow except for gaster, which is medium brown.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
BRAZIL: Souza Lima, Várzea Grande, Mato Grosso, col. L. A. Wood. Museum of Comparative Zoology
Gr cyrtostela, curved column, referring to the distinctive petiole.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 184, fig. major, minor described)