Pheidole megacephala atrox

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Pheidole megacephala atrox
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. megacephala
Subspecies: P. megacephala atrox
Trinomial name
Pheidole megacephala atrox
Forel, 1913


A member of the megacephala species group


Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Afrotropical Region: Democratic Republic of Congo.

Distribution based on AntMaps


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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • atrox. Pheidole punctulata r. atrox Forel, 1913b: 126 (s.w.q.) ZIMBABWE.
    • [Also described as new by Forel, 1913b: 328.]
    • Subspecies of punctulata: Santschi, 1914e: 22; Arnold, 1920a: 424; Santschi, 1935a: 256; Bolton, 1995b: 317 (error).
    • Subspecies of megacephala: Santschi, 1930b: 67; Santschi, 1937g: 75; Bernard, 1953b: 225.
    • Senior synonym of inquilina Forel: Arnold, 1920a: 425 (in text).
  • inquilina. Pheidole inquilina Forel, 1914d: 240 (w.) ZIMBABWE.
    • [Unresolved junior secondary homonym of Epipheidole inquilina Wheeler, above.]
    • Junior synonym of atrox: Arnold, 1920a: 425 (in text).



  • Arnold, G. 1920a. A monograph of the Formicidae of South Africa. Part IV. Myrmicinae. Ann. S. Afr. Mus. 14: 403-578 (page 425, senior synonym of inquilina)
  • Forel, A. 1913b. Formicides du Congo Belge récoltés par MM. Bequaert, Luja, etc. Rev. Zool. Afr. (Bruss.) 2: 306-351 (page 328, soldier, worker, queen described)
  • Santschi, F. 1930b. Résultats de la Mission scientifique suisse en Angola, 1928-1929. Formicides de l'Angola. Rev. Suisse Zool. 37: 53-81 (page 67, Variety/stirps of megacephala)
  • Santschi, F. 1935a. Fourmis du Musée du Congo Belge. Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr. 27: 254-285 (page 256, Variety/stirps of punctulata)