Pheidole laelaps

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Pheidole laelaps
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. laelaps
Binomial name
Pheidole laelaps
Wilson, 2003

The type series was collected in montane rainforest. (Wilson 2003)


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Known from the type locality (Pance, Colombia) and from near Cochancay on the Guayaquil-El Tambo Highway, Cañar, Ecuador. (Wilson 2003)

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 3.329426° to 3.329426°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Colombia (type locality), Ecuador.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Countries Occupied

Number of countries occupied by this species based on AntWiki Regional Taxon Lists. In general, fewer countries occupied indicates a narrower range, while more countries indicates a more widespread species.

Estimated Abundance

Relative abundance based on number of AntMaps records per species (this species within the purple bar). Fewer records (to the left) indicates a less abundant/encountered species while more records (to the right) indicates more abundant/encountered species.




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

  • laelaps. Pheidole laelaps Wilson, 2003: 198, figs. (s.w.) COLOMBIA.

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


Similar in various ways to Pheidole alfaroi, Pheidole diana, Pheidole riveti, Pheidole seligmanni and Pheidole tepuicola, but easily distinguished by the following combination of traits.

Major: most of the dorsal surface of the head carinulate, with carinulae originating on the frontal lobes and carinae along the midline spread outward (laterad), those laterad to the frontal carinae approach the lateral margins of the head seen in full face; occipital cleft very deep; antennal scapes fall short of the occipital corner by 2X their own maximum width; propodeal spines equilaterally triangular.

Minor: entire dorsal surface of head and mesosoma transversely carinulate; nuchal collar broad and well demarcated; propodeal spines reduced to denticles.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.66, HL 1.74, SL 1.24, EL 0.22, PW 0.76. Paratype minor: HW 0.70, HL 0.90, SL 1.18, EL 0.14, PW 0.48.

COLOR Major and minor: concolorous yellow.

Pheidole laelaps Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Type Material

COLOMBIA: Pance, Mun. de Cali, Valle, 1700 m, col. W. L. Brown and S. Chaplin. Museum of Comparative Zoology


L laelaps, a storm.


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.
  • Longino J. et al. ADMAC project. Accessed on March 24th 2017 at