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 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.


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.


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