Pheidole metana

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

Winged queens were found in the Bogota-Villavicencio series on 1 May. (Wilson 2003)


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

Neotropical Region: Colombia (type locality), Ecuador.

Distribution based on AntMaps


Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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

  • 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.


DIAGNOSIS Major and minor: pilosity of mesosomal dorsum short, erect, and consisting mostly of pairs (see also Pheidole angusticeps and Pheidole meinerti).

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.

Pheidole metana Wilson 2003.jpg

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

Type Material

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.