Pheidole laevivertex

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Pheidole laevivertex
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. laevivertex
Binomial name
Pheidole laevivertex
Forel, 1901

MCZ-ENT00020704 Pheidole laevivertex hal.jpg

MCZ-ENT00020704 Pheidole laevivertex had.jpg

Type Label

Nothing is known about the biology of laevivertex.


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Known only from Aguascalientes and Morelos, Mexico. (Wilson 2003)

Latitudinal Distribution Pattern

Latitudinal Range: 20.2072° to 18.445416°.

Tropical South

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Mexico (type locality).

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.

  • laevivertex. Pheidole laevivertex Forel, 1901c: 131 (s.w.) MEXICO. See also: Wilson, 2003: 312.

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


From Wilson (2003): A member of the fallax group similar in various characters to Pheidole chiapasana, Pheidole dentata, Pheidole humeridens, Pheidole industa, Pheidole madrensis, Pheidole maja and Pheidole tetroides, and distinguished as follows.

Major: rugoreticulum confined to a small patch just posterior to the circular carinulae of the antennal fossae; carinulae of head reaching slightly posterior to midway between the eyes and occiput; anterior half of pronotal dorsum and all of propodeal dorsum transversely carinulate; pronotal profile in dorsal-oblique view bilobous; postpetiole from above oval, and foveolate.

Minor: all of head, mesosoma, and waist foveolate and opaque; anterior strip of first gastral tergite shagreened; occiput in frontal view concave.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Syntype major: HW 1.14, HL 1.22, SL 0.82, EL 0.20, PW 0.60. Syntype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.70, SL 0.78, EL 0.14, PW 0.40.

COLOR Major: concolorous medium reddish brown.

Minor: body and scapes dark reddish brown, rest of appendages brownish yellow.

Pheidole laevivertex Wilson 2003.jpg

Figure. Upper: syntype, major. Lower: syntype, minor. MEXICO: Cuernavaca, Morelos, col. W. M. Wheeler. I have compared the specimens on which the drawing is based, which are located in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard, with syntypes in the Forel collection from the type locality. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Syntype Specimen Labels

Type Material

MEXICO: Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes. Musee National d'Histoire Naturelle and Museum of Comparative Zoology - as reported in Wilson (2003)


L laevivertex, smooth top, referring to occiput. (Wilson 2003)


References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Dattilo W. et al. 2019. MEXICO ANTS: incidence and abundance along the Nearctic-Neotropical interface. Ecology
  • Fernandes, P.R. XXXX. Los hormigas del suelo en Mexico: Diversidad, distribucion e importancia (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
  • Kempf, W.W. 1972. Catalago abreviado das formigas da regiao Neotropical (Hym. Formicidae) Studia Entomologica 15(1-4).
  • Vasquez Bolanos M., and J. Escoto Rocha. 2018. Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Aguascalientes. Investigacion y Ciencia 24(68): 36-40.
  • Vasquez-Bolanos M. 2011. Checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Mexico. Dugesiana 18(1): 95-133.
  • Vásquez-Bolaños M. 2011. Lista de especies de hormigas (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) para México. Dugesiana 18: 95-133
  • Wilson, E.O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A Dominant, Hyperdiverse Genus. Harvard University Press