Winged queens were found in the Bogota-Villavicencio series on 1 May. (Wilson 2003)
- 1 Identification
- 2 Distribution
- 3 Biology
- 4 Castes
- 5 Nomenclature
- 6 References
- 7 References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
See the description in the nomenclature section.
Keys including this Species
From Wilson (2003): Known from the type locality and from the Bogota-Villavicencio Road, Cundinamarca, 1100 m, col. Charles Kugler.
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
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.
- metana. Pheidole metana Wilson, 2003: 617, 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.
Major: dorsum of head covered to occipital margin by longitudinal carinulae, which are faint and broken in the posterior half; rest of sculpturing consists solely offoveolation, covering all of the body except the gaster, which is entirely smooth and shiny.
Minor: all of head and me so soma foveolate and opaque; sculpturing otherwise entirely absent except for carinulae on margins of the frontal lobes; head narrowed posteriorly, but nuchal collar absent.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.80, HL 0.80, SL 0.60, EL 0.12, PW 0.40. Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.52, SL 0.60, EL 0.08, PW 0.28.
COLOR Major and minor: concolorous medium yellow.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
COLOMBIA: Transecto Sumapaz, Meta, 920 m, col. T. van der Hammen. Museum of Comparative Zoology
Named after the department of Colombia from which the type series originated.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 617, fig. major, minor described)
References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics
- Mertl, A.L. and J.F.A. Traniello. 2009. Behavioral evolution in the major worker subcaste of twig-nesting Pheidole (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): does morphological specialization influence task plasticity? Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63:1141-1426