Pheidole pelor

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

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Specimen Label

Nothing is known about the biology of pelor.


See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species


Known only from the type locality, and two other localities in central Texas (Pedemales State Park, Blanco Co. and Junction, Kimble Co.). At the Brackenridge Field Laboratory in Austin, it occurs with the similar species Pheidole lamia. (Wilson 2003)

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Nearctic Region: United States (type locality).

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.

  • pelor. Pheidole pelor Wilson, 2003: 547, figs. (s.w.) U.S.A.

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


DIAGNOSIS A typical member of the lamia group: the major has a phragmotic head, with the anterior portion incorporating the c1ypeus and mandibles flattened (truncated), and deep antennal scrobes. This species is easily distinguished from the other members of the lamia group (Pheidole colobopsis, Pheidole lamia, Pheidole truncula) by the rugoreticulate posterior dorsum of the head, preceded by parallel longitudinal carinulae that extend to all the surface of the frontal lobes, and by the irregularly rugose sculpturing of the central part of the c1ypeus.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 1.00, HL 1.30, SL 0.50, EL 0.14, PW 0.56. Paratype minor: HW 0.60, HL 0.64, SL 0.46, EL 0.10, PW 0.40.

COLOR Major: concolorous dark yellow.

Minor: concolorous medium yellow.

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

Type Material

TEXAS: Brackenridge Laboratory, a field station of the University of Texas in Austin, col. D. H. Feener. Museum of Comparative Zoology


Gr pelor, prodigy, monster, referring to the bizarre head form.