Pheidole godmani

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Pheidole godmani
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. godmani
Binomial name
Pheidole godmani
Forel, 1893

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Specimen Labels

P. godmani was found near streams in mountain forest at 460 m. One colony was discovered nesting beneath dead leaves, a second in soil under a log. (Wilson 2003)


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Known from St. Vincent. This species, with its nearest known relatives in South America, may be an endemic of the island. If so, it is a threatened species; H. H. Smith, whose collecting on St. Vincent in the 1890s was notably thorough, found it only three times. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Lesser Antilles, St. Vincent.

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.

  • godmani. Pheidole godmani Forel, 1893g: 404 (s.w.q.) ANTILLES. See also: Wilson, 2003: 698.

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


DIAGNOSIS From Wilson (2003): A member of the tristis group, similar to Pheidole balzani, Pheidole gaigei and Pheidole huilana, and to lesser degree the species listed with them, distinguished as follows.

Major: reddish yellow; low, lobose subpostpetiolar process present; antennal scape short, its tip reaching the lateral border of the head in full-face view less than half the distance from eye to occipital corner; postpetiole from above cone-shaped; carinulae of head reaching two-thirds the distance from eye to occipital corner; humerus prominent, lobose, in dorsal-oblique view extending well above the low mesonotal convexity.

Minor: all of posterior dorsum of head and of entire dorsum of promesonotum transversely carinulate; semicircular carinulae fill the space between the antennal fossa and the eye.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Lectotype major: HW 1.44, HL 1.52, SL 0.82, EL 0.14, PW 0.64. Paralectotype minor: HW 0.62, HL 0.66, SL 0.72, EL 0.12, PW 0.42.

COLOR Major: head and body light reddish yellow, except for postpetiole and gaster, which are medium reddish yellow with a brownish tinge.

Minor: head and mesosoma medium yellowish brown; waist, gaster, and appendages a slightly contrasting light yellowish brown.

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Figure. Upper: lectotype, major. Lower: paralectotype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Lectotype Specimen Labels

Type Material

Musee d'Histoire Naturelle Genève - as reported in Wilson (2003)

Type Locality Information

St. Vincent, West Indies, col. H. H. Smith. (Wilson 2003)


Named after F. D. Godman, organizer of the British Association and Royal Society survey of the biota of the Antilles. (Wilson 2003)


  • Forel, A. 1893j. Formicides de l'Antille St. Vincent, récoltées par Mons. H. H. Smith. Trans. Entomol. Soc. Lond. 1893: 333-418 (page 404, soldier, worker, queen described)
  • Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 698, fig. major, minor described)

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Wheeler W. M. 1905. The ants of the Bahamas, with a list of the known West Indian species. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 21: 79-135.